Apple Inc. and Ireland agree on an interim deal to put €13 billion in an escrow fund for the repayment of back taxes, starting early 2018. Still, both parties refute that the alleged "sweetheart" corporate tax deals were illegal. In 2016, the European Commission found that an unfair advantage of €13 billion is to be reimbursed.
The leaders of Ireland's two main political parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, come under fire. Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen faces a motion of no confidence in Dáil Éireann, his second in just over a year. Leader of the Opposition, Enda Kenny, who sacked his deputy leader yesterday to prevent a potential coup, faces further revolt from his party as nine more members of his frontbench call on him to resign.
Ireland expels an Israeli diplomat as "a victim of the actions of the state they represent" after an investigation states that 8 forged Irish passports were used in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.
Irish Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism Martin Cullen is hospitalised after the escalation of a recent chronic back complaint, disrupting some of his work, including a visit to the United States. [http:--www.rte.ie-news-2010-0302-cullenm.html (RTÉ)] [http:--www.irishtimes.com-newspaper-breaking-2010-0302-breaking46.html ("The Irish Times")] [http:--www.examiner.ie-breakingnews-ireland-cullen-expected-to-stay-in-hospital-for-the-week-448401.html ("Irish Examiner")] [http:--www.newstalk.ie-news-news-headlines-martin-cullen-hospitalised638- (Newstalk)]date=August 2019