Twentyone migrants including children as young as 12 found inside lorry in

Twenty-one migrants including children as young as 12 were found inside a refrigerated lorry in Sussex, it is understood. The 11 children and 10 adults are thought to be from Vietnam, and the group were found concealed in a shipment of sparkling water at the port of Newhaven on Thursday.Although the children were cold, they are said to have not needed medical treatment and have been taken into the care of social services.The lorry was stopped on its arrival from the French port of Dieppe.A Romanian man, believed to be the driver, was arrested and charged with assisting unlawful entry into the UK.Andrut Mihai Duma, 29, is being held in custody until a hearing at Lewes Crown Court on November 26.A man aged 18 and a woman aged 27 have been removed from the UK, while the remaining four – a woman and three men – are at immigration detention centres. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

There was no sweetheart deal for Apple in Ireland

first_imgTHE CEO OF IDA Ireland Barry O’Leary has said that he thinks that foreign companies in Ireland are paying a substantial amount of corporation tax and he does not believe the country is being used as as a tax haven by companies like Apple.O’Leary was speaking to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee today where he faced tough questioning from independent TD Shane Ross who queried how much tax companies are actually paying and whether they were just using Ireland as “a kind of conduit”.“They are paying a substantial amount of corporation tax at €2.7 billion,” he said, adding that this amounted to around €19,000 per employee per year.O’Leary told the committee that other countries are doing deals with companies which offer lower levels of tax while Ireland’s 12.5 per cent rate is “transparent” and steady.He denied that there had been a “sweetheart deal” for Apple to encourage the company to invest in Ireland.Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy was critical of the line of questioning on corporation tax, saying it creates the impression that companies “only exist to create tax” and ignores that fact that they also employ thousands of people who pay tax and spend money in the economy.His colleague John Deasy also spoke out against Ross’s questions on Ireland’s taxation system, telling the committee that the focus of the IDA should be on making the country more competitive “within the rules”.“I think that we annoy countries by being so successful and by attracting so many companies into Ireland,” he added.Read: Ireland is Apple’s ‘Holy Grail of tax avoidance’>Poll: Do you think Ireland’s corporate tax rate should be retained?>last_img read more