U2 singer wades into row over Apple and Irish state aid - and says that capitalism and commerce play a vital role in lifting people out of poverty
by Rupert Neate and Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian/The Observer
From stadium-packing rock star to champion of the impoverished, Bono has fronted a band and causes that have endeared him to millions. But the U2 frontman is likely to alienate more people than he wins over with his latest rallying cry: backing Ireland's corporate tax regime.
In an interview with the Observer, the Irish singer says his country's controversial policies - which help multinational companies avoid billions in tax - have "brought our country the only prosperity we've known".
The 54-year-old says that Ireland's economy is dependent on attracting multinational companies - including Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon - with tax avoidance strategies, including a loophole dubbed the "Double Irish", the use of two Irish companies to lower the effective tax rate.