Apple Begrudgingly Agrees to Pay Ireland Nearly £11 Billion in Back Taxes

Apple, whose CEO Tim Cook likes to talk a big game about how the tech industry should be more socially responsible while overseeing an international tax-avoidance regime that puts Scrooge McDuck’s gold-filled vault/swimming pool to shame, has agreed to repay Ireland over €12 billion (around £10.8 million) in unpaid taxes, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read More >>

How Did Ireland Entertain Itself During Hurricane Ophelia? By Watching Porn

Remember last week? While we English (and possibly Welsh) people were staring at the pretty, possibly apocalyptic skies, Ireland was heading into the worst storm the country had seen for a very long time. The country was shut down as a result, with everyone being warned to stay indoors. How do you stay entertained when you're inside all day? You watch porn. Read More >>

EU Takes Ireland to Court Over Unpaid €13bn State Aid Bill

Apple hasn't paid Ireland the vast amount of tax it was deemed to owe as the result of a competition investigation into how it handles its European tax affairs, so the European Commission is launching legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice to force Ireland to recover the bill. Read More >>

Apple’s Tax Ruling Might See Ireland Slapped With a Non-Compliance Fine

Everyone knows that Apple has been slapped with a €15 billion (~£13.2 billion) fine for using Ireland as a tax haven, and everyone knows both Apple and Ireland weren't happy about being told off. Well everyone is about to get even more annoyed, because Ireland could end up being fined as well. Read More >>

God Has Second Thoughts About Deleting Beach

God has decided that the beach in the Irish village of Dooagh on Achill Island looks better with sand, so, with a wave of a hand, he scattered a few thousand tonnes of sand back over the rocks and now the people have a beach for it always to be too cold to sit on again. Read More >>

These Are The Tracks You Need On Your St Patrick’s Day Playlist, Says Spotify

Spotify has found the top 10 Irish tracks used in St Paddy's Day playlists in Ireland, for purists who want to ensure their cultural appropriation has as much authenticity as possible: Read More >>

Houseboat Gifted to ‘Homeless Youth’ Washes Up Empty on Other Side of Atlantic

This weekend, a mysterious, tar-covered houseboat apparently built by a Canadian adventurer was discovered unoccupied on Irish beach — some 3,000 miles from where it was last seen. Read More >>

Tim Cooks Says Apple’s EU Tax Bill is “Maddening”

Apple's Tim Cook has been saying "OH YES PLEASE GIMME DAT GODDAMN PHONE" to media interview requests for once, taking any opportunity to have a go at the EU for branding it's bespoke tax deal with Ireland as a rule-breaking form of state aid. Read More >>

Some Guy Found a Huge Chunk of 2,000-Year-Old Butter in a Bog and it’s Still Edible

A 2,000-year-old boulder of butter weighing 10 kilos was recently discovered in County Meath, Ireland. Ancient butter experts believe that it was once offering to the gods. It’s also “theoretically... still edible” according to Andy Halpin, one of the Irish National Museums’ assistant keepers. Not a chance, Andy! Read More >>

UK Residents Turn Irish Ahead of Brexit Vote

Irish authorities say they're receiving an "unprecedented" number of requests for passports, as some UK residents look to rebrand themselves as Irish ahead of the possibly calamitous result of the EU referendum. Read More >>

St Patrick’s Day Porn Trends Are Exactly What You’d Expect

The permanently-erect (I don't know, maybe) folks over at Pornhub have revealed the search trends they saw on St Patrick’s Day last year, and they’re really weird, but at the same time exactly what you’d expect. To celebrate the passing of St Patrick, the people of the world become strangely horny for bearded fairies. Read More >>

‘Vague’ Bomb Threat Forces Baffled Apple Staff to Evacuate Irish HQ

4,500 Irish Apple employees had a jolly morning of standing around in car parks yesterday, after local police received a "very vague threat" that there was an explosive device in one of the company's offices. Read More >>

Apple Adding Desk Space for 1,000 New Employees in Ireland

The not entirely glamorous Hollyhill Industrial Estate in Cork -- where Apple's EU divisions send all their unmarked bank notes -- is set to expand, with the tech giant announcing a plan to create new building space with room for an additional 1,000 staff. Read More >>

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Important Character Back on Set For Star Wars: Episode VIII

Reports out of the picturesque south-west tip of Ireland confirm that Mark Hamill will be returning to Skywalker-up the next Star Wars film too, with the cast and crew of Episode VIII said to filming new scenes on the same rocky outcrop used in Episode VII. Read More >>