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Apple tax probe nears end

an EU probe into the taxes paid here by tech giant Apple and multi-nationals in Luxembourg and the Netherlands is close to completion.

The news came as Taoiseach Enda Kenny defended Ireland's tax regime, which has been under international pressure in recent years.

"Ireland will play fair but we will play to win," Mr Kenny said at the Grant Thornton Worldwide Tax Conference in Dublin.

EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager (pictured) said she "will be seeking to conclude shortly" her probe into Apple in Ireland, Amazon and Fiat in Luxembourg and Starbucks in the Netherlands.