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Tax Haven Ireland

Tax Haven Ireland

by Brian O’Boyle and Kieran Allen

An exposé of how incredible wealth is funnelled through a country without benefiting its people

This is the story of how a small island on the edge of Europe became one of the world’s major tax havens. From global corporations such as Apple and Google, to investment bankers and mainstream politicians, those taking advantage of Ireland’s pro-business tax laws and shadow banking system have amassed untold riches at enormous social cost to ordinary people at home and abroad.

Tax Haven Ireland uncovers the central players in this process and exposes the coverups employed by the Irish state, with the help of accountants, lawyers and financial services companies. From the lucrative internet porn industry to corruption in the property market, this issue distorts the economy across the state and in the wider international system, and its history runs deep, going back the country’s origins as a British colonial outpost.

Today, in the wake of Brexit and in the shadow of yet another economic crash, what can be done to prevent such dangerous behaviour and reorganise our economies to invest in the people? Can Ireland – and all of us – build an alternative economy based on fairness and democratic values?

Brian O’Boyle lectures in economics at St Angela College, National University of Ireland, Galway. He has published widely on the global economy and is the co-author of Austerity Ireland (Pluto 2013).

Kieran Allen is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin. His books include 1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition (2016) and The Politics of James Connolly (2016).

'Excellent insights and analysis showing how corporations and the rich are addicted to tax avoidance to the detriment of normal people. Informative and enjoyable to read'

- Prem Sikka, Professor of Accountancy at the University of Sheffield

'An important book - it exposes industrial scale tax avoidance being organised by the Irish elites and enjoyed by the world's major corporations. It blends detailed research with impressive insight. It deserves a wide readership'.

- Richard Boyd Barrett: Member of Irish parliament for People Before Profit

'An important book that deserves a wide readership. The claims that Ireland is a tax haven have been growing over recent years. This book adds important evidence to the claim and makes a passionate call for a more equal society'

- Professor Eoin Reeves, Head of the Department of Economics, University of Limerick, Ireland

'A policy of consistent denial by the government, along with lazy media treatment of the issue, has meant that Ireland's status as a tax haven is an ongoing controversy. This book goes a long way in resolving this argument'

- Terrence McDonough, Emeritus Professor of Economics, NUI Galway, Ireland

'A must read for anyone interested in understanding how global capitalism works in the 21st century'

- Dr Stewart Smyth, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham

'An extremely important, and possibly the best, book to have been written about one of the world's biggest and most dangerous tax havens. It skewers the self-serving myths of crooked Irish elites to show how going down the tax haven route not only inflicts harm on other countries - it hurts its own population too'

- Nicholas Shaxson, author 'Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World' (Vintage, 2011)

1. Porn, Tax Dodging and Exploitation
2. Global Plunder
3. Making Treasure Ireland
4. Dirty Secrets
5. The Fixers
6. The Irish Financial Services Centre
7. Foreign Direct Avoiders
8. The Vultures Have Landed
9. The Case for the Defence
10. How Tax Dodging Harms Irish Society

Published by Pluto Press in Nov 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9780745345314
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745345321
eBook ISBN: 9780745345338

272 pages

135mm x 215mm