Aside from lots of fish and Pee Flynn, what did Ireland ever give to the EU?
APART from casually gifting billions-worth of Irish fish stocks and giving Brussels Padraig Flynn on a seven-year extended loan, did we ever do anything for the EU?
The short answer is that we did more than many people think. More recently, there are many who also believe we have naively shouldered a huge chunk of the EU's bank debt burden and are still awaiting any meaningful rewards.
But first off, let's deal with the fish. There is a theory in Brussels that all EU projects begin with high-minded politics and end in a row over fisheries.