OVERVIEW This documentary will explore some of the questions surrounding the presence of multinational corporations in Ireland. The status, power and tax arrangements of corporations in countries around the world is a prevalent discussion and I want to highlight this in an Irish context.
There are over 1,000 overseas companies based in Ireland, including 8 out of the top 10 IT and 8 out of top 10 pharmaceutical companies. It is no secret that Ireland’s corporate tax rate evokes interest from all over the world. I want to inform the audience about Ireland’s corporate tax regime and explore why there is such confusion out there about it, while also attempting to establish what exactly do they pay? I want to explore the power that these corporations have in our political system and what this means for Irish citizens.
The film will include interviews with many people from a broad spectrum of Irish society, politicians, academics, journalists, authors and representatives of some of the corporations in question. As you can see from the video we have begun shooting and provided is a short snippet of two interviews we already carried out.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES I want to be as objective as I can with this film. My main aim is to inform the audience and let them make up their own mind about these prevailing questions surrounding this issue. I hope to open a debate and start a discussion about this topic, in addition to producing a professional looking and enjoyable documentary to watch.
BUDGET AND CREW The crew at present is myself David Gorman as producer/director, in 2012 I produced and directed a short documentary 847 Years: The Story of the Vita Cortex Workers (2012). The cinematographer is Eamonn Dunne who has worked on various productions including Ros na Rún and The Shadows (2013). The crew will expand as production increases. The budget will mainly be covering post-production work and also travel costs, as we are based in Galway and have to travel to Dublin on numerous occasions to do interviews.
FINALLY Thank you for taking the time to read this and watch the video your help in supporting this film is much appreciated.
Update posted on Tuesday 30th September '14 @ 03:09:48
This is an update on the documentary and film you supported, Corporate Ireland? I have been continually shooting footage and carrying out some great interviews including most recently Conor McCabe author of the book Sins of the Father. However, I have made a decision to postpone production until after the upcoming national budget early next month. I have done this to see if any of the changes to Ireland’s corporate tax regime that some commentators have hinted at will happen. Also the few interviews I have left to shoot they will be able to contextualise any changes that might be made. I am near the end of shooting so the next update you will receive is when we start post- production which we hope to begin at the end of October. Thanks again for your support in making this film happen.
Update posted on Wednesday 27th August '14 @ 11:08:52
Shooting this week in Dublin including locations and facilities that are central to the story of the film. Also carried out interviews with some experts in the field of the issues that the documentary will be exploring including Chris Van Egeraat, Mary Murphy and Constantin Gurdgiev. Thanks again for your support and I will keep you posted as filming progresses.
Update posted on Monday 11th August '14 @ 03:08:15
Thanks to everyone who pledged to this project and helping me make this documentary. I am very happy I raised the amount I aimed for. Currently I am working with an animator as animation will be an important element of the film and I am very pleased with the progress we are making. Due to people being on summer breaks I will be resuming interviews in the next couple of weeks and continue shooting them up until September. I will keep you posted as things progress. Thanks again.
Update posted on Wednesday 16th July '14 @ 09:07:45
Thank you to all the people who donated to the project so far. I am still in the process of shooting interviews and researching. Go to our facebook page Corporate Ireland for any updates also.