12.5% corporation tax rate is non-negotiable, says Tánaiste - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 19, 2010

TÁNAISTE MARY Coughlan firmly ruled out the Government conceding any change in the Republic’s corporation tax in the talks with the EU and IMF. She said the 12.5 per cent rate was non-negotiable.

Ms Coughlan was replying to Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, who said it was the job of politicians to find solutions and make decisions. He asked if he could take it that the tax would be “defended to the limit’’ by the Government.

Earlier, Fine Gael’s Alan Shatter was suspended from the House following heated exchanges with Ceann Comhairle Séamus Kirk.

Mr Kenny opposed the 95-minute limit put by the Government on the economic debate, arguing that all of yesterday’s business should be given over to it. It was, he said, “rich for the great republican party’’ to come to the House and say that there would be statements on the state of the Irish language.

“Wrap the green flag around me and preserve the national language on a day when we now have confirmation of the handing over of our economic independence to personnel from abroad,” he added.

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