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They prospered off of our table scraps, when England was in trouble everywhere but Scotland suffered. Then their parliament was closed and they suffered as well.
Things like Bloody Sunday is why the Irish have a problem with us. Them being left to starve during the potato famine another.
Ireland has prospered under the EU, as did we for a time. Workers rights broadly improved across the Union, except here. Pensions improved, except here. Irish pensioners get more money than ours, because they embrace EU politics. Despite the Leave campaign's protestations to the contrary, we decided to ignore Brussels on those issues because we have that luxury and they don't have as much control as was claimed. The reason splitting away from the EU was even raised in the conservative party was because the EU is closing the loopholes in tax law.
As an aside, all the independently gathered data and Westminster's own figures, suggests Scotland would very likely be in the top 5 richest countries in the world if they became independent, with an initial infrastructure outlay of ~£500 million to create their own civil service and a deep water harbour for container ships.
Germany has flung its weight about in the EU, granted, but I'm not sure what that has got do with anything or why you have a chip on your shoulder about the Irish?