The European Commission ordered Apple to repay taxes to Ireland after ruling last year that the US technology company paid so little tax on its Ireland-based operations that it amounted to state aid.
In the interview, extracts from which the FAZ published on Wednesday, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said the tax rules from which Apple benefited had been available to all and were not tailored for the US technology giant. They did not violate European or Irish law, he added.
The Irish government has said it will collect the money pending an appeal of the ruling by Apple, but Donohoe said it was not Dublin’s job and the request was not justified.
“We are not the global tax collector for everybody else,” FAZ quoted him as saying.