Recession 'causing mothers to rule out having more children'

One third of Irish mothers say they will not be having any more children, because of the recession, according to research carried out by Eumom.ie.

One third of Irish mothers say they will not be having any more children, because of the recession, according to research carried out by Eumom.ie.

The study also reveals that 7% of Irish mothers have borrowed from a money lender.

This new survey of more than 700 mothers reveals that the recession is having a major impact on the size of Irish families, with 39% saying they will have no more children due to the worsening economic situation.

The research shows that 36% of Irish mothers have borrowed from families or friends in the last six months, while 25% are depending more heavily on credit cards. Some 7% admit to having borrowed from a money lender.

More than half of Irish mothers aged between 18-24 years say they have missed a loan repayment in the past 12 months.

Almost half of Irish families have had their income reduced due to pay cuts within the past year, the survey found.

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