Dr Mary Wingfield, clinical director and consultant gynaecologist at the Merrion Fertility Clinic, told independent.ie: "It's the only medical condition that isn't on the public system. Even plastic surgery is on the public system in Ireland."
"Every country will have different restrictions as to the woman's age or whether they've had it before. Most will limit it to a number of cycles. In Belgium, you're allowed have six, in England, you can have three."
"It is very expensive so countries have to make some restrictions, but Ireland is really unique. Right throughout the Celtic Tiger it wasn't available."
"It breaks my heart at the public clinic here. People just can't afford it. They're borrowing from parents, remortgaging houses."
"One in six couples have infertility, and at least half of men have a low sperm count."
"I've seen women who have no fallopian tubes or men with really low sperm counts and there's no way they'll get pregnant without help."
"Infertility isn't just an optional extra. It affects a couple's whole life, all their relationships with family, friends, work. A lot of relationships break up."
Two percent of all births in Europe are through IVF, Dr Wingfield says.
"The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, when James Reilly was looking at the universal health insurance proposal, we put in a submission saying that IVF should be part of it."
"Belgium had it since the 1990s, the UK since the early 2000s. Sweden and Finland were well ahead."
"It's not really acceptable from a medical point of view. A lot of people in Ireland who can't afford it are beginning to travel abroad to Eastern Europe and India. It's not ideal to be travelling abroad. Guidelines and practices might not be as good."
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: "The universal health insurance is being developed and these areas have yet to be covered."