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Aside from lots of fish and Pee Flynn, what did Ireland ever give to the EU?

Published 31/12/2012 | 05:00

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?

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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.

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