Re: Shame they pay no tax elsewhere
They pay taxes as, when and where required. If tax situations allow the Double Dutch Irish Sandwich to exist, then that's a problem for the Netherlands and Ireland to resolve. The Dutch know this, they are not happy about it (well, the citizens aren't by the tone of the conversations I had in Amsterdam last night), and thus it continues to be a problem. Ireland also knows they have to resolve this (and they have).
The American model allowed 'deferred taxes' to exist, so the cash pile just grew and grew and grew. If they ('deferred taxes') couldn't exist, the $250 billion cash pile wouldn't exist either.