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This afternoon.

Graham Neary writes:

‘We can now calculate Ireland’s death rates for every age group and for every year up to and including 2021, with the help of freshly released CSO figures and the CSO’s population estimates. I’ve done this. Some interesting results:

‘Firstly, Covid-19 coincided with Ireland’s 85+ population achieving their lowest ever death rates in each of the past two years.

‘An amazing result in the circumstances.

‘The results are only slightly less positive for the grey-haired 65-84 cohort.Three out of the four categories here had a small increase in 2021 over the prior year.

‘But 2021 was still safer for every category in this cohort compared to 2018:

‘As for 45-64 year olds, every category here saw a new all-time low death rate in 2020. However, every category in this bracket also saw an increase in 2021 compared to 2020.

‘But again, each category was still safer in 2021 than it was in 2018.

‘Broadly similar for 25-44 year olds.

‘And as for for 5-24 year olds…

…the world remained extremely safe.’


Previously: It Tolled For Them

Not Adding Up




last night.

Only three people under 65 died of Covid with no other underlying causes in 2020, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO)?




Via Mail on Sunday.

More than two years since Covid-19 emerged, many feel they want a simple answer: how many were killed by this virus?

Last week, The Mail on Sunday set about tackling the ongoing concerns that tests used to diagnose Covid were picking up people who were not actually infected.

The conclusion of some scientists was, yes, they did. And there were those who maintained that despite shortcomings, PCR swabs – used by millions – were accurate enough.

Yet one study suggested that as many as a third of all positive cases may not have been infectious at the time they took the test.

It not only means the true scale of the pandemic could have been distorted, but also that many people may have been forced to self-isolate unnecessarily.

Equally concerning is the idea that the UK’s stark and terrifying death figures – which were broadcast daily – were misleading and even overblown.

The chaotic way mortalities were recorded during the pandemic could mean thousands were WRONGLY blamed on the virus (Eve Simmons, Mail on Sunday)

Elaine Mullally writes:

I contacted the Central Statistics Office for information on actual C-19 Deaths with no other illnesses during 2020, I am very surprised to see only 61 people died during this time! We destroyed our economy, businesses, social lives and livelihoods, seriously?


Earlier: Graphic

This morning/afternoon.

Paul Callan (above), of global strategic consultancy firm Dalberg,  writes in today’s Irish Times:

…The official number of deaths from the virus in the Republic was 5,209 up to September 22nd, 2021. At 104 deaths per 100,000 people, this mortality rate is the sixth lowest among the 27 EU member states and 12th lowest among the 38 OECD countries.

Estimates by the Economist show, however, that only about 1,400 to 2,250 extra people have died since the start of 2020, compared with the numbers of deaths that would have been expected based on mortality trends before the pandemic.

This estimate of “excess deaths” corresponds to only 28 to 45 deaths per 100,000 people.

There are three possible explanations for why excess deaths could be much lower than reported deaths from Covid-19 – each of which likely contributed to the difference.

First, measures taken to control the spread of the disease are likely to have reduced deaths from other causes.

Registered deaths for the year from April 1st. 2020, to March 31st, 2021, as reported by the Central Statistics Office, were lower than in the previous 12 months for the most common causes – cancers (by 228 deaths), heart and circulatory system diseases (by 381 deaths) and respiratory conditions (by 974 deaths). Suicides declined by 27 per cent (111 deaths), deaths in transport accidents by 22 per cent (19 deaths) and deaths from influenza by 87 per cent (90 deaths).

Second, some people who died from the virus may have otherwise died from other causes. This could account for some of the reductions in deaths from cancer, heart disease and respiratory conditions – but only some, since fewer people died from these causes in countries, such as New Zealand and Iceland, that largely kept the disease out.

Third, deaths from the virus may have been overstated. Per World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, Covid-19 statistics include “probable or possible deaths” – some of which may actually have a different primary cause. Among death registrations, which attribute each death to one underlying cause, only 3,518 deaths were counted as due to the disease between April 1st, 2020, and March 31st, 2021, which is only about three-quarters of the 4,599 reported Covid-19 deaths during the same period.

Furthermore, deaths from respiratory system diseases showed the largest declines compared with the previous 12 months, suggesting that even registered Covid-19 deaths may include some that were incorrectly attributed as primarily due to the virus or at least that would have happened anyway without a Covid-19 infection…[more at link below]


Have we really done better than other countries over the pandemic? (Paul Callan, Irish Times)

Previously: Underlying

Not Quite The Same Thing


Via the Health Protection Surveillance Centre

This afternoon.

Latest figures on COVID-19 deaths reported in Ireland from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) show ‘underlying conditions’ (an existing chronic or long-term illness which weakens the immune system) reported in 86.85 per cent of fatalities.

Report here


July 2020


This afternoon.

Politics Watch writes:

It’s day 494 of the longest lockdown in the world & Govt admits they now need “better data” on who is actually sick It’s disturbing confirmation that the decisions of Govt were taken in the absence of the facts & incomplete data.

Tánaiste predicts up to 4,000 Covid-19 cases a day in next few weeks (Irish Examiner)

Last week:  Quietly Into The Night

From top: Dublin Dublin District Coroners Court, Store Street; Section 40 of the Births, Deaths Registration Act

Peter Keating, a Dublin-born writer now living in Munster, writes:

In June 2021, the Coroner’s Society of Ireland rightly called for a “wide-ranging inquiry” into all covid-related nursing home deaths.

This call was backed by Mayo County Coroner, Mr. Patrick O’Connor, who had previously also publicly questioned the recording of covid deaths in Ireland.

This issue seems to have been shelved by the Irish media, but it should not be allowed to go quietly into the night. It is not merely an issue of public confidence in the government, the health service, and the medical profession; it may also be a criminal matter.

On 3rd July 2020 the Tánaiste made a statement to the following effect on social media:

“…In Ireland we counted all deaths, in all settings, suspected cases even when no lab test was done, and included people with underlying terminal illnesses who died with Covid but not of it.”

It beggars belief that such recording practices could be a matter of policy. Was there a direction to adopt such recording practices, and from whom did it originate? It would surely have to originate at government level, and then be transmitted via the HSE for implementation by hospital staff at local level.

This is a serious matter for the State, and warrants investigation to determine whether offences have been committed, and by whom, under Section 40 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act, 1874, which still provides for a penalty of up to seven years penal servitude upon conviction on indictment for any person who wilfully gives to a registrar any false information concerning the cause of any death.

How did it happen that death certificates were falsified on such a scale?  Where is the investigation and the outrage?


Previously: Covid death numbers on Broadsheet


Independent Clare TD Michael McNamara

“They are clearly throwing out figures to suit themselves, in an attempt to frighten the population.

“I’ve asked the HSE a question on the number of deaths where covid is the primary cause and where it is a secondary or contributory cause and I’m getting the run around on it so I’ve asked a Parliamentary Question. This evasion usually indicates they have something to hide, that there’s an agenda somewhere. The information is there, it is being passed to the HPSC on a regular basis.”

Michael McNamara, Independent TD for Clare and former chairman of the special oireachtas Covid committee,


“This has been raised by numerous families with loved ones that have passed away and it’s upsetting for them and it’s unfair. A lot of the public are raising this issue, we need clarity.

“I cannot understand how we do not have access to the factual data of who died directly of covid or with covid. The powers that be seem hell bent on attaching as many deaths as possible to covid. If the coroners are asking questions it is time to sit up and listen.”

Michael Collins, Independent TD for west Cork and a former undertaker.


“Certainly there are a proportion of our deaths where people died with Covid as opposed to because of Covid, but I think in time we can look at all this but it’s not that we haven’t been transparent in our reporting processes since early on in the pandemic,”

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn.

Calls for clarity in the reporting of covid 19 deaths have emerged amid rising concerns over the accuracy of NPHET figures (Gript)


How many?

Covid response critic Ivor Cummins dissects the mainstream (in this case RTÉ’s Prime Time) analysis of Ireland’s covid death toll.

Earlier: The Darling Buds of May

Previously: Swewed

This afternoon.

Covid response critic Ivor Cummins discusses The Sunday Times report yesterday that Mayo coroner Patrick O’Connor (top) believes death figures reported by Nphet “do not have a scientific basis”.

Mr O’Connor, a public information officer for the Coroners Society of Ireland, told the paper

“In reality, a lot of people have terminal cancer or multiple serious co-morbidities. People can die from Covid or with Covid. I think numbers that are recorded as Covid deaths may be inaccurate and do not have a scientific basis.

“When a person is suffering from a number of medical conditions which will or may lead to their death at some short time in the future, if they are unlucky enough to be infected by the Covid virus, that is recorded as the principal cause of death.”


Covid deaths data skewed by other illnesses, says Mayo coroner (Sunday Times)