Infertility aid would increase birth rate
Sir - I would like to comment on Philip Ryan's article (Sunday Independent, April 15) about Minister Katherine Zappone's introduction of 'baby boxes' to all parents of newborn babies in our maternity hospitals.
This initiative is part of the Government's development of a 'baby boom strategy' aimed at increasing birth rates to counteract the increasing economic demands posed by the country's ageing population. According to the article, the minister is examining a wide range of new policies to encourage families to have more children, due to declining birth rates in the country. Apparently, a high-level taskforce led by Minister Zappone is examining a wide range of new policies to encourage families to have more children.
Perhaps if the minister and her Cabinet colleagues considered supporting the thousands of couples in Ireland who are unable to have children of their own, it could go in part to solving the decline in birth rates.