Irish women have the highest fertility rate in the European Union
Women in Ireland have more children than their counterparts in any other EU country, according to figures published today by the Central Statistics Office.
The CSO said figures from 2003 showed Irish women were having an average of just under two children in their lifetime, compared to an EU average of almost 1.5.
It also said almost one-third of births in 2003 were outside of marriage, but for women having their first child, this figure increased to 43%.
Irish fertility rates highest in EU