Ireland’s coming demographic winter

Fewer babies are born every year, new CSO data confirm, but how does that impact society? Do we need to be having more babies? To discuss Pat Kenny was joined on the show by David Quinn of The Iona Institute and Sinead O’Moore, host of the ‘Stretch Marks’.

David pointed out that the rate of natural increase in the population (births minus deaths) has halved in the last 10 years and eventually deaths are likely to outnumbers births as in other European countries today. He says that this will present us with a huge demographic crisis as the population ages, even taking into account immigration.

You can listen to the item here.