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Days of big EU grant aid for Ireland are past – now we need to focus on the many other benefits

John Downing


New figures show we paid €360m more into Brussels coffers than we received in grants in 2020

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Charlie Haughey, flanked by Bertie Ahern (left) and Albert Reynolds. They were involved in hard negotiations that saw Ireland get €1.2bn per year every year in EU grant aid in the years 1989 to 1999

Charlie Haughey, flanked by Bertie Ahern (left) and Albert Reynolds. They were involved in hard negotiations that saw Ireland get €1.2bn per year every year in EU grant aid in the years 1989 to 1999

Charlie Haughey, flanked by Bertie Ahern (left) and Albert Reynolds. They were involved in hard negotiations that saw Ireland get €1.2bn per year every year in EU grant aid in the years 1989 to 1999

Charlie Haughey did not bat an eyelid when he heard that Ireland was getting back almost £6 from the EU coffers for every £1 it put in.

Well, it’s not half enough,” he told this writer emphatically.


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