Ireland is the most fertile country in the EU with each woman having an average of nearly two babies
The state also had the fastest-growing population in the bloc last year after Cyprus, according to a Eurostat demographics study.
The EU statistics think-tank said the total number of people in the state in 2004 jumped by 20% compared with 25.4% in Cyprus and 16.2% in Spain.
The highest fertility rates were found in Ireland with each woman having 1.99 children during her lifetime compared with 1.90 for France and 1.80 for Finland.
The lowest EU fertility rates were found in Slovenia (1.22), followed by the Czech Republic and Poland (both 1.23), Latvia (1.24) and Slovakia (1.25).
The overall rate across the EU’s 25 states increased from 1.48 in 2003 to 1.50 in 2004 while the corresponding rate for the US in 2004 was 2.07.
Now if we could just get rid of all those nasty British colonists in the Six Counties, then we would have more space for all these new Irish babies.