The average In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment starts at between €4,000 to €5,000 and is not available on the public health service or extensively covered on private health insurance policies, creating what has been dubbed a two-tier system.It was this disparity that inspired author Fiona Mc Phillips from Clontarf, Dublin, and RTÉ meteorologist Joanna Donnelly, from Portmarnock, to set up Pomegranate, a charity that provides IVF free to medical card holders.Ms Levete, who won the contract for the project in 2011, said: "It's an absolute honour to have the Duchess of Cambridge opening this building, and I feel very proud of the work my team have done." The architect, who has recently been nominated for a CBE, said Kate was "quite stunned" when she first emerged into the porcelain courtyard because the "sun came out and the courtyard was glistening".
Making the call to tell the lucky couple they've been selected is a bittersweet moment for Joanna and Fiona, who says: "For every couple we can help, there are 49 we can't.
Fiona and husband John are now parents to James (13), Anna (9) and Harry (7), while Joanna and husband Harm have Nicci (14), Tobias (9) and Casper (7).
However, neither woman could forget those who didn't get the chance to become parents, simply because they couldn't afford it. She had a child without any problems, went through IVF for her second child then had a third child without any help," Fiona says.
They met online 10 years ago while going through IVF for secondary infertility, where couples struggle to conceive after having one child.
Happily, their treatments were successful and both went on to have subsequent children.