- Jan 14, 2016
If you take out the migrants, who have children young and account for 25% of all births in the south, then this is much much worse than it looks. The average age of a Native Irish woman having her first baby must be into middle age - which is why so many are now depending on expensive and intrusive IVF treatments.
Birth rate continues to fall as average maternal age rises
The number of births in Ireland is continuing to fall, while the average age of mothers is rising.
There were 62,053 registered births in Ireland last year, 1,844 fewer than in 2016.
The annual birth rate stands at 12.9 per 1,000 of population, compared to 16.1 per 1,000 population in 2007.
The average age of first-time mothers last year was 31 years old, up 0.1 years from 2016.
Birth rate continues to fall as maternal age rises