Re: Apple have strong bladders..
This whole thing sets a precident for the other companies that were attracted to base their EU operations in Ireland.
The list is huge but includes Microsoft, Google, Adobe and a host of others.
Then there is the small matter of Amazon in that other EU tax haven, Luxembourg.
The EU went after Eire & Apple because apple were the biggest fish in the net. Publicity and all that jazz.
At least the money won't go directly to Brussels but to the Dublin Government.
The USA will be bissed off because whaever Apple have to pay to Dublin can be used as a tax writedown in the US. It also thwarts their (alledged) plans to make every US Citizen and Company pay full US taxes on every cent of income they earn anywhere in the world.