"Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe made the remarks to reporters Monday ahead of a meeting with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager", reads the report.
Both Apple and Ireland have fought back against the ruling - Ireland has said that the European Union overstepped its authority and got some of the country's laws wrong while Apple has maintained that the amount it's being told to repay was miscalculated.
"Mr. Donohoe said he called the meeting with the competition commissioner to brief her on the latest developments".
As no money has been recovered to date, the European Commission itself referred Ireland to the ECJ in October for failing to recover what it found to be "illegal aid" to Apple. "We remain confident the General Court of the EU will overturn the Commission's decision once it has reviewed all the evidence".