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September 2023
The Explainer: How will Ireland's new publicly funded IVF scheme work?
Medical journalist June Shannon joins us on this week’s episode to explain how the scheme will work, who is eligible, and how you avail of it. She also details how exactly IVF works and shares her own experience of the process.
July 2023
‘God power’: Concern over State examining parental fitness as part of IVF scheme
A report by
Maria Delaney
Advocates say that a ‘very subjective’ assessment could lead to discrimination.
Many fear strict criteria will prevent them availing of the newly announced publicly-funded scheme
This includes an assessment of intended parents to determine the welfare of any potential child
Disabilities and health conditions likely to be examined in this process
Opinion: The IVF funding scheme may be devastating for many, but it will also relieve some heartache
Explainer: How will the new publicly funded IVF scheme work?
Opinion: The IVF funding scheme may be devastating for many, but it will also relieve some heartache
June Shannon is an award-winning medical journalist with a specialist interest in women’s health and the health of vulnerable groups.
How do Ireland's age and BMI limits for free IVF compare to other countries?
The Journal understands that in crafting the Irish system, Scotland was looked to for guidance.
Explainer: How will the new publicly funded IVF scheme work?
We’ve collected the answers to important questions like what the scheme covers and who is eligible.
Couples can avail of publicly-funded IVF from September, but age and BMI limits will apply
One cycle of IVF will be available for eligible couples if they have availed of one privately funded cycle or have never availed of any.
Last year
Opinion: State-funded IVF is a sign we're finally moving in the right direction
Catherine Ardagh says the IVF support announced in the budget should take pressure off many hoping to conceive.
IVF publicly funded through private clinics won't start until September 2023
The public system will be built up over the year to provide IVF services through six fertility hubs around the country.
Publicly-funded IVF to begin in 2023 with 'regional fertility hubs' before that
The Department of Health had previously been reluctant to provide a timeline for services.
Cabinet agrees to publish bill on regulation of reproductive healthcare
An Assisted Human Reproduction watchdog is to be set up under the new bill.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how the private fertility sector is making millions as patients are left in debt.
All time
'Wild West': Private fertility sector making millions as patients left in debt
A report by
Maria Delaney
The Noteworthy team also reveals numerous decisions have not been finalised by Government on long-promised public IVF services.
Noteworthy reveals numerous decisions have not been finalised on long-promised public IVF services
Reporter Maria Delaney finds people are using house deposits to pay for fertility treatment
A lack of legislation is leaving Ireland a ‘Wild West’ when it comes to treatment provision
Concern for parents as international surrogacy still missing from new legislation
Advocates warn of ongoing impact to families if international and retrospective surrogacy not addressed soon.
France legalises IVF for lesbians and single women
Health Minister Olivier Veran said French authorities are getting ready to apply the new law as quickly as possible.
Poll: Should the government fund IVF treatment?
Ireland currently does not offer public funding towards IVF.
Opinion: 'People should not have to resort to re-mortgaging their homes for IVF treatment'
Senators Catherine Ardagh and Fiona O’Loughlin are calling on the Government to make good on a promise fund IVF.
Opinion: 'All couples should have the right to become parents when faced with infertility'
The Government needs to take action and implement the model of care for infertility, writes Emma Mc Dade.
Here are just some of the government's priorities for the months ahead
Affordable housing, scramblers, e-scooters and speedy trials – just some of the issues the government plan to tackle.
Department of Health can't give timeline for rollout of publicly-funded IVF
Expert says linking IVF funding with the commencement of legislation is a ‘way of putting it off’.
'It's a huge source of stress': Women going abroad for IVF hit out at mixed messages over travel restrictions
Hundreds of people travel abroad for fertility treatment every year because they cannot afford it in Ireland, but Covid-19 has further complicated the situation.
Q&A: Here's where Ireland's parties stand on women's healthcare ahead of the election
Where do the parties stand on issues like maternity and infant services, contraception and IVF?
Tullamore parish apologises after Facebook post said IVF treatment was 'incompatible' with Catholic faith
Harris said he could not get his head around the comments.
Explainer: When will IVF treatment be provided through the Irish public health service?
New fertility hubs will be open next year, with IVF available in 2021.
€2 million in funding for IVF and fertility treatment set to be announced by government
One course of IVF treatment can cost between €4,000 and €4,500.
Here are just some of the government's priorities for the months ahead
Regulating rickshaws, IVF and speeding – just some of the issues the government plan to tackle.
Dutch doctor at centre of IVF scandal used his own sperm to father 49 children
Results of DNA tests conducted today showed that 49 children in the case are direct descendants of the late Jan Karbaat.
Michelle Obama speaks about having a miscarriage and conceiving her children using IVF
The former first lady says women need to be open with other about their bodies.
Why do so few Irish people claim back their medical expenses?
Anyone can do it, yet nearly 60% of Irish citizens decline the option of applying for what is effectively free money.
Doctor defends 'three-parent baby' technique amid criticism
Valeriy Zukin has used the procedure to help infertile couples have children.
IVF doctor who 'swapped donors' sperm for his own' allegedly did it at major Dutch hospital
Jan Karbaat is said to have fathered at least 19 children in this manner.
Dutch IVF clinic says 26 women may have been fertilised with the wrong sperm
The clinic said there’s a chance the egg cells may have been fertilised by sperm other than that of the intended father.
The first three-parent baby in the UK could be born next year
The technique would allow mothers who carry disease-causing mutations in their genes to give birth to children free of the illness.
"In theory you could do anything you wanted with a human embryo in Ireland"
A new, controversial embryo-growth breakthrough could help science in the study of infertility. However, fears abound that the research breaches ethical guidelines.
Reflections on infertility: 'I expected to be mocked for thinking we were getting somewhere'
Infertility’s seemingly endless circle of hope and disappointment leaves you expecting the worst in all situations, writes Jennifer Ryan Moran.
Watch: The world's first IVF puppies are pretty goddamn cute
It also could help eradicate heritable diseases in dogs, according to the researchers.
Lovely photo of baby girl surrounded by IVF syringes goes viral
The image has prompted an outpouring of heartfelt messages from other parents who have conceived through IVF.
Giving birth at home helped me to feel safe and in control
I want to raise awareness of the benefits of having a home birth in healthy pregnancies, with the hope that it will encourage more women to explore this option.
Court denies mother's attempt to use her dead daughter's frozen eggs
The daughter died in 2011 at age 28 and had signed a consent form agreeing that her eggs could be stored after her death.
This woman just found out she's going to be a nan after daughter's 11 years of IVF
There's an awful lot of money being made through infertility...
Not everyone conceives easily. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is huge business worldwide, but what kind of future has it in Ireland?