Promises, promises — will state funded IVF plans come to fruition? | Ireland

For many couples who have undergone fertility treatment in recent years, last week’s announcement by Stephen Donnelly, the health minister, that IVF will be funded by the state by the end of next year may have brought a sense of déjà vu.

Jennifer Cimerman, who is seven months pregnant with her second child conceived through IVF, noted that Simon Harris, Donnelly’s predecessor, made the same announcement more than three years ago. “You kind of take it with a pinch of salt — and people haven’t got time to wait,” she said.

“When you start on this journey you become acutely aware, whether you like the phrase or not, of your ‘ticking clock’. You can’t pause your fertility, and there is that anxiety that comes