The cost of running a family is massive. Check out this article €48,000 The cost of running a family home - The Irish Times - Tue, Sep 18, 2012 My manager, who is in lower paid sector like myself, says he is on a tight budget since the 2013 Budget and can't overspend and I have heard from countless mothers and fathers how they are tight for cash in these austerity times. I can't find a link for it but have it heard quoted endlessly in media circles that the average family have only €50 left at the end of the week after expenses.
On the other side running around after babies, waking up in the night and readjusting your lifestyle would be the things that put me off having kids.
If I was tho in a serious relationship at the moment, both of us working, I would say no to having children at the moment as the tax situation and other miscellaneous stuff mean having children and their cost is so much.