Apple chief Tim Cook says tax ruling 'maddening'

Friday, 02 September 2016 - 7:00

Apple chief executive Tim Cook says the European Commission ruling that Apple should pay billions of euros in back taxes to the Republic of Ireland is "maddening" and "political".

He told Irish broadcaster RTE that Apple had not been given preferential tax breaks in Ireland.

The EU ruling said Apple had been given €13bn of "illegal" tax benefits.

Mr Cook said he was "very confident" the ruling would be overturned on appeal.