Much has been made of the fact we have recived €17bn in EU/EC/EEC structural and cohesion funds over the last 35 years. (http://www.iro.ie/EU-structural-funds.html) The argument now being expressed after the Lisbon vote as we took the money and ran. There were also billions in cap payments (how much were these?).
Our biggest contribution to the rest of the EU was access to our fishing stock (or rape of the Irish box if one wants to use emotive language). Can anyone quantify this?
(It was raised on another thread, but the poster who claimed it was worth €60bn appears unable to back up the claim)(and yes I have tried google).