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CEO of the HSE Paul Reid at a media briefing yesterday

On Sunday.

In the Business Post, Susan Mitchell reported:

Multiple media outlets have sought precise details of the extent of the testing backlog.

The HSE and the Department of Health have repeatedly refused to disclose this information. This is not because the information does not exist. It does.

In fact, detailed information on the backlog is collated and broken down by individual geographical areas called community healthcare organisations (CHO) within the HSE.

An official document dated March 27, but labelled confidential, laid it all out clearly. Back then, there was a testing backlog of just over 83,013 according to “information available” on March 23.

More up-to-date figures are certainly available. They’re simply being hidden from view.

Further to this…

Yesterday, CEO of the HSE Paul Reid told journalists that the backlog of Covid-19 tests has dropped from around 35,000 people waiting for results to 11,000.

He also said he expects the backlog to be fully cleared by the end of the week.


Susan Mitchell: Do not test the public’s patience by keeping the truth from them (Business Post)

Related: Coronavirus: Republic reports 31 further deaths as cases pass 10,000 (The Irish Times)

Previously: The Wait Debate

Nine Days Ago


From top Daragh O’Brien of technology and data governance firm Castlebridge; Covid-19 tracing app in Singapore


Susan Mitchell and Aaron Rogan, in The Business Post, reported that members of the public will be asked to “opt into” a mobile phone tracking and tracing app by the HSE as part of its strategy against Covid-19.

The HSE has already been in contact with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner about the app.

They reported:

The track and trace technology that the HSE plans to introduce will be facilitated by an opt-in mobile phone app that will allow people to be notified if they were in close proximity to confirmed cases.

Similar apps have been used in Singapore and South Korea, which have been held up as exemplars of how to successfully battle the coronavirus pandemic.

The apps help with contact tracing, which is the process of identifying those who have had close contact with infected individuals. Without technology, these efforts rely on the recall and memory of infected individuals.

Under plans being advanced by the HSE, phones with the app installed would exchange short-distance Bluetooth signals where users are near each other. Records of those encounters are then stored.

A senior health service source said the app would be free to use, and would operate on an “opt-in” basis. If a user is found to have the coronavirus, the app would allow the health service to notify other users of the app who have been in close contact with that individual by telephone.

…Castlebridge, a technology and data governance firm, has conducted research into the Singapore app in recent weeks.

Daragh O’Brien, managing director of the firm, said that there was merit to that model for Ireland which, he said did not record location data but instead used “Bluetooth signal strength to infer the distance between the two devices and how long the two devices are in close proximity to each other”.



Phone tracking app set to be used as next step to fight Covid-19 (Business Post)


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 Sinn Fein’s General Election 2020 Manifesto launch outside Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin last week

Tonight/this morning.

We knew this day would come.



Beggars can be choosers.


Yesterday: Interesting Times


A fact-check carried out by the Business Post in relation to comments made by the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty on RTÉ Radio One about the number of GPs in Ireland now compared to five years ago shows her information has been contradicted by the HSE and the Medical Council.

There you go now.

Election Factcheck (Business Post)

H/T: Susan Mitchell

Previously: Regina’s Gratuity

The Regina Monologues

Ad for AIB-sponsored The Capital B podcast with Nick Webb, with Niall McGarry, left, and Róisín Hogan, a former star of BBC’s The Apprentice, right

The numbers are in.

They’re a bit sketchy.

Further to the circulation of a video in mid-November alleging that the number of listeners of a 2017 episode of an AIB-sponsored “Capital B” podcast was inflated by the use of a “click-farm”…

And Ireland’s largest media agency Core subsequently suspending its contracts with Joe.ie and Her.ie publisher Maximum Media after the claims…

And Niall McGarry, the founder of Maximum Media, stepping down from all executive responsibilities in the Irish operation

Yesterday, in the Business Post.

Aaron Rogan reported:

Listenership figures on a number of Maximum Media podcast episodes were falsely inflated, the Business Post has learned.

The Joe.ie publisher and media reports have previously referred to a single incident of a click farm being used on an episode of the 2017 AIB-sponsored “Capital B” podcast.

However, it has emerged this weekend that up to 13 podcast episodes were boosted following payments to a click farm in the week after each one was released.

Maximum Media executive chairman Justin Cullen did not reveal the figure when contacted, but confirmed yesterday that “several episodes across the series were affected”.

Mr Rogan also reported:

Cullen and Maximum‘s chief commercial officer Gillian Fitzpatrick met with the IAB last week to face questions about the incident. The company assured the industry body of its commitment to a commercial charter around falsifying figures, according to the IAB.

More Maximum Media podcast hits were inflated (Business Post)

Previously: Any Other Business?