Guardian Double Campbell raises journalism official secrecy danger

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Those of us of a certain vintage have waited more than 40 years to see the double photographic byline shown above, which appeared on 20 July in the print edition of The Guardian. (The byline can also be seen in the online edition here, although disappointingly the pictures are missing.)

The two Campbells are both Scots, the older (born 1944) from Edinburgh, the younger (born 1952) from Dundee. Their paths crossed in the 1970s when the older was news editor of Time Out, which in those days employed several of its own reporters as well as giving work to a number of freelances. One of these freelances was Campbell the younger, already a specialist in writing about communications and the secret state. It was he who, along with Time Out staffer Crispin Aubrey, went to interview an ex-army corporal John Berry about his service in the Royal Signals. All three were arrested after the interview had finished, and charged with offences under the Official Secrets Act.

The ad hoc group of friends, families and other supporters which came together to defend them became known by their initials, the ABC campaign. It won a significant victory in getting the most serious charges under Section 1 of the act dropped. At their trial, all three were eventually found guilty of Section 2 charges, after the judge indicated he was not considering custodial sentences.

Now Campbell and Campbell are writing together to alert readers to the latest danger posed by this most illiberal of UK governments, whose sights are now set on journalists merely doing their jobs. As the pair point out:

The Home Office now wants harder and more extensive secrecy laws that would have the effect of deterring sources, editors and reporters, making them potentially subject to uncontrolled official bans not approved by a court, and punished much more severely if they do not comply. In noisy political times, a government consultation issued two months ago has had worryingly little attention. Although portrayed as countering hostile activity by state actors, the new laws would, if passed, ensnare journalists and sources whose job is reporting “unauthorised disclosures” that are in the public interest.

These proposals are markedly different from those proposed by the independent Law Commission published last autumn. The commission recommended that “a statutory public interest defence should be created for anyone … including civilians and journalists, that they can rely upon in court”. Journalists and sources should not be convicted if it was in the public interest for the information disclosed to be known by recipients. An independent, statutory whistleblower commissioner “should be established to receive and investigate allegations of wrongdoing or criminality”.

The current “gung-ho, authoritarian approach of the government could allow press freedom to be clamped into silence” warn our Dynamic Duo, unless editors and others worried about press freedom and an open society do not highlight the dangers and call a halt. Well said, chaps.

Born on the same day

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One of my little obsessions is checking the Birthdays list in The Guardian every morning for people born on the same day. It’s the odd juxtaposition of names that I particularly love. In my game, you get points for any pair. Double points are awarded for two pairs born on the same day in different years, and treble points for three pairs. Yesterday, 7 July, was a treble point day. Shelley Duvall and Bob Stewart, born on 7 July 1949. Tony Jacklin, Glenys Kinnock and Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, born on 7 July 1944. And best coincidence of all, Michael Howard and Bill Oddie, born on 7 July 1941. Such a shame that, according to Wikipedia, there is no one to pair up with Ringo Starr, still rocking at 81, and born on 7 July 1940. 

Here are some other interesting recent coincidences from the last few weeks:

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George W Bush and Sylvester Stallone, born 6 July 1946.

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Fabien Barthez and Elon Musk, born 28 June 1971.

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Brian Leveson, Meryl Streep and Elizabeth Warren, born 22 June 1949.

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Kate Hoey, Malcolm Rifkind and Maurice Saatchi, born 21 June 1946.

Soc Dems add a little Holly to the picture

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Pic: David Kenny

To the long list of politicians inserted by Photoshop to events they never attended add Holly Cairns, the SDP TD for Cork West. Above is a leaflet being circulated by Sarah Durcan, the party candidate in the forthcoming Dublin Bay South by-election. 

Count the people behind her: the SDP’s two co-leaders and Labour Party defectors, Roisin Shortall and Catherine Murphy on the left and right. Behind them the party’s four other TDs. But look carefully: third from the left in the back row is Holly Cairns in what looks like a neatly coiffed studio shot, added in later by Photoshop.

And so it is. Because below is another leaflet (an official party leaflet!) using what must be an earlier version of the same photo:

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Pic: Alan Kinsella

Just three TDs standing behind their leaders and no sign of Ms Cairns. What puzzles me is the decision by the party’s communications team to use the doctored photograph after they had themselves issued the original one. A most unprofessional approach.

Meanwhile in the by-election itself, Sarah Durcan looks as though she will end up a long way back in the race. There haven’t been any opinion polls so far, but she’s well behind in Paddy Power’s latest odds. 

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I’ve been out canvassing for Labour’s estimable Ivana Bacik, probably the most impressive by-election candidate I’ve ever met. With under two weeks to go, she could yet end up top of the poll. 

Hat tip to David Kenny, who spotted the picture, and the wonderful Irish Election Literature archive of Alan Kinsella. 

Bob Dylan at 80

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Rock and pop stars older than Bob Dylan

Judy Collins b. 1 May 1939
Dion DiMucci b. 18 July 1939
Smokey Robinson b. 19 February 1940
Billy Fury b. 17 April 1940 d. 28 January 1983
Tom Jones b. 7 June 1940
Adam Faith b. 23 June 1940 d. 8 March 2003
Ringo Starr b. 7 July 1940
John Lennon b. 9 October 1940 d. 8 December 1980
Cliff Richard b. 14 October 1940
Joan Baez b. 9 January 1941

Bob Dylan b. 24 May 1941

Rock and pop stars younger than Bob Dylan

Charlie Watts b. 2 June 1941
Cass Elliot b. 19 September 1941 d. 29 July 1974
Paul Simon b. 13 October 1941
Carole King b. 9 February 1942
Aretha Franklin b. 25 March 1942 d. 16 August 2018
Paul McCartney b. 18 June 1942
Jimi Hendrix b. 27 November 1942 d. 18 September 1970
Janis Joplin b. 19 January 1943 d. 4 October 1970
George Harrison b. 25 February 1943 d. 29 November 2001
Bobby Vee b. 30 April 1943 d. 24 October 2016
Mick Jagger b. 26 July 1943

The curse of automatic hyphenation (part 3642)

Sportswashing IMG_3617 960pxAnother good demonstration in today’s Guardian of why sub-editors are still needed. “Sportswashing” is a great word describing an important concept in today’s fast changing world. However, the H&J algorithm in the newspaper’s typesetting program obviously can’t cope with it, and has inserted a hyphen after the letter t. It has thereby created the splendid new compound word of “sport-swashing”, evoking the spectacle of a new Olympic role for Errol Flynn, swinging a sword as he climbs a spiral staircase, taking on all-comers as he does so.

I don’t want to be too critical of the newspaper’s sports writers and subs who produce daily miracles in getting reports of football matches which finished at 10pm into a printed paper which arrives at my newsagent by 7am the next day. The whole production staff deserve huge credit and support for this.

But there should still be time for someone to check the text for hyphenation errors, and insert the odd discretionary hyphen or two.

Grumble from the old sub sitting in the corner over.

Mail Mastermind misses out name

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Jonathan Gibson has rightly been praised for his stunning performance in last Monday’s Mastermind final, in which he easily defeated five other competitors to win the trophy. Aged 24, he became the youngest person ever to win the competition. He has boyish charm by the bucket load, and the fact that he is now a student at St Andrews adds to his status in my eyes.

There is, however, a curious omission in the Mail’s report of Gibson’s ascent to the black leather throne: his name. Six hundred words of text, but it’s all about the retirement of the “ferocious” question master, whose style, we are told, is based on that of a wartime Nazi interrogator.

Gibson is referred to in the text, but only as a “student from Glasgow”, while the writer waxes lyrical about the ferocity of John Humphrys whose quizzing style I have always found rather irritating. Numerous references to “I know, it’s the black chair” and a tendency to put on silly voices and accents can be extremely patronising. Not to mention the interminable length of the questions (in the final, a maximum of eleven asked in two minutes!), although this is probably the producers’ fault rather than his.

It’s probably a good thing that Humphrys is moving on. I’m already looking forward to the autumn, and the return of BBC2’s Quizzy Mondays.

Up one day, down the next

Over the Easter weekend, there was much trumpeting by the HSE over how well it had done with its vaccination programme on Good Friday.

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Tweet from HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid

This was echoed by the politicians:

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Tweet from Health Minister Stephen Donnelly

However the figures for the rest of the Easter weekend (Saturday 8,446/Sunday 3,763) were actually lower than the previous weekend (Saturday 15,933/Sunday 4,039), and the figure for Monday 5 April, 4,796, was the lowest Monday figure for three weeks, since Monday 15 March (3,530). This figure was likely to have been affected by the public holiday coming up on St Patrick’s Day, so you have to go back as far as 8 February to get a lower Monday figure (2,686):

Monday 29 March
Total: 819,676 (+ 13,135 in last 24 hours)

Monday 22 March
Total: 690,449 (+ 10,434 in last 24 hours)

Monday 15 March
Total: 620,580 (+ 3,530 in last 24 hours)

Monday 8 March
Total: 536,617 (+ 10,849 in last 24 hours)

Monday 1 March
Total: 446,474 (+ 6,692 in last 24 hours)

Monday 22 February
Total: 359,616 (+ 5,645 in last 24 hours)

Monday 15 February
Total: 280,581 (+ 8,639 in last 24 hours)

Monday 8 February
Total: 243,353 (+ 2,686 in last 24 hours)

Today we’ve have had another congratulatory tweet from Paul Reid, saying that we’ve now had reached the million vaccination mark. If this is so, the HSE must have done more than 76,000 in the last two days. That will be a record, but it is going to have to achieve those sort of figures daily if we are really going to get to the much-mentioned target of three million jabs by the end of June. We will see how it goes.

Some figures here from the excellent Shane Hastings website

Eating yourself to death

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Pic: Pape family/The Guardian

If there were any justice then Rishi Sunak, Boris Johnson and the rest of the British government would face terrible condemnation for its disastrous Eat Out to Help Out policy from last summer. There’s absolutely no doubt that it was a major contributory factor in the acceleration of Covid-19 cases in the autumn, and led to thousands of deaths. One of these was a larger-than-life character called Bob Pape, who is recalled in a lovely 4,600 word article by Sirin Kale in Tuesday’s Guardian.

At first glance Pape was one of those life-and-soul-of-the-party types in a Hawaiian shirt you might try and avoid if you came across him in a public space but, as Kale makes clear, he was in fact much more. He was a lawyer with his own practice working on child support issues, dedicated to his clients and respected by opponents. He had started work in a firm of solicitors moving boxes and doing paperwork, but then he discovered he loved the law, and went on to study for a qualification.

He had met his wife Amanda online in 2008. Both had separated from long-term partners and had children from previous relationships. Kale writes:
Their first date was at a bar in Manchester. Bob wore a Hawaiian shirt, of course. Amanda asked him if he had lost a bet and he said no, he just liked Hawaiian shirts. He told Amanda he was a communist and she laughed and said: “How can you be a bloody communist when you’re a lawyer?” He said that he liked the idea of people sharing everything. “Bob and I just got each other,” says Amanda. “We were finishing each other’s sentences from the moment we met.”

What Kale then makes obvious is that his death was completely avoidable. Last August, Bob, Amanda, her daughter Jazzy and two other children had gone on a weekend break to Birmingham from their house in Altrincham, Cheshire. Amanda didn’t want to go on the mini holiday but Bob insisted. “Bob was convinced that the government would not allow people to travel if it wasn’t safe,” she told Kale. 

So set off they did, and had a great time. They ate out several times, at a Jamaican restaurant, a brewery, and local branches of Five Guys and Wetherspoons. And somewhere, in one of these public spaces, both Bob and Amanda contracted the virus. Within a fortnight he was in Wythenshawe Hospital, within seven weeks he was dead.

Kale says that the UK government was warned about the danger of aerosol infection before Sunak’s announcement of the Eat Out (EOTHO) scheme:

Prof Lidia Morawska of Queensland University of Technology published an open letter, warning the World Health Organization (WHO) and national healthcare authorities of the dangers of airborne transmission of Covid. Her letter was signed by 239 scientists from around the world. “We are 100% sure about this,” Morawska said at the time, warning governments that 1- or 2-metre social distancing rules in indoor settings did not protect people from infection via airborne Covid particles. “These rules are completely arbitrary,” Morawska says. “They just prevent people from inhaling very large particles. But very small particles, which come out of a person’s mouth or nose when they are speaking, can stay in the air for a very long time and go much further than 1 metre.”

These Covid-19 particles range in size from less than a micrometre up to 100 micrometres, roughly the width of a strand of human hair. Even an asymptomatic person can shed them simply by breathing and talking; people with Covid are the most infectious in the first week of infection, often before the onset of symptoms. In an indoor restaurant setting, particularly one with poor ventilation or reliant on air-conditioning, these particles may circulate freely in the air, infecting people at tables metres away from the infected person. “Imagine you’re in a restaurant with a smoking area,” says Morawska. “There’s no one smoking in the area you’re in. But you can still smell the smoke from the other area. In the same way, the virus can travel with this air flow.”

The government is of course convinced that it did nothing wrong, and has refused to publish any epidemiological research to support its view that the scheme was designed in “a safe and responsible manner”, which is how it was described in January by junior minister Jesse Norman. It has dismissed research by credible academics such as University of Warwick economist Thiemo Fetzer (who found that areas with higher take-up of the scheme saw an increase in Covid infection rates, with between 8% and 17% of new Covid infection clusters attributable to EOTHO) and Professor Jonathan Portes of King’s College London. Even a ConservativeHome.com writer, Ryan Bourne of the Cato Institute, described EOTHO as “a costly economic and public health mistake … it is bizarre that Sunak has avoided more critical scrutiny of the policy”.

In hospital, just before he was put on a ventilator, Bob spoke to Amanda on the phone.
“He was crying,” she says. “He said: ‘I’m so sorry, I never should have taken us away.’ He never cried. He told me that he loved the children and our life together so much. I’d never heard him so frightened.”

Sirin Kale has written a heartbreaking article, which has convinced me that I shouldn’t go to a pub or restaurant until I’m fully vaccinated. Read it and pass it on.

Daily statistics for COVID-19 vaccinations in Ireland


First posted Tuesday 9 March 2021 and updated daily since. Final figures recorded on Tuesday 20 April, the day of my first vaccination.

I am now eligible for a vaccination against COVID-19. Hooray! According to the Irish government’s official list I’m in Cohort 3, everyone over 70. This cohort is further divided into four sub-groups: ages 85+, ages 80-84, ages 75-79 and ages 70-74. So when will my invitation to get a vaccination arrive? [Answer: I got my first vaccination, administered by my GP, on Tuesday 20 April!]

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Searching online for the number of people in each cohort, I came across the table shown above, produced by junior minister Ossian Smyth TD in January and published on the website of that well-known journal of record the Irish Sun. This indicates that there are approximately 700,000 in the first three cohorts. Since that date, I haven’t been able to find any other published source which gives me any more detailed breakdown, such as how many people are in each cohort, which is why I am still relying on this.

The government publishes a daily list of vaccination statistics. There’s even an online calculator for you to play with. On the day I originally published this post, Tuesday 9 March, this informed me that I should expect to receive a first dose between 19 March and 11 April. However, I took this with a very large pinch of salt, since this RTE report on Thursday 4 March had already told me that there were 450,000 in Cohort 3 still to receive a jab.

A little more information about how many vaccines are getting to each of the individual Cohort 3 sub-groups appeared in this report from the Irish Times on Monday 8 March. Paul Cullen wrote that, so far: “92,000 vaccines [had been] administered by GPs, most of them to over-85s and about 10,000 to people in the 80 to 84 year age-group.” This would appear to tie in with the official figure for Friday 5 March, which was 92,122.

A more recent article in the Irish Times on 26 March by Jack Power gave a few more updates. This stated: “The Health Service Executive (HSE) said it is still on track to administer the first dose to all those aged 70 and older by mid-April, and the second doses by mid-May. General practitioners have been moving through their lists of older patients at different rates, with some already vaccinating those in their 70s. In a bulletin sent to GPs on Wednesday, the HSE said it planned to deliver more than 89,000 doses to 540 practices next week, and supplies would increase in ‘early April’.”

This being Ireland, I have to wait until my GP contacts me to arrange an appointment. An easier and quicker system would be if the Irish Health Service Executive had a simple self-booking website, such as the one set up by the UK NHS. There, on 9 March, the age criterion was down to 55. No wonder that the previous day’s figures showed that the NHS has now done more than 22 million first vaccinations.

The HSE doesn’t maintain an archive of the number of vaccinations done each day. If you want to see these figures go to the excellent Shane Hastings site.

However, even Shane can’t supply the figures for the daily increase in vaccinations for each cohort, so I made my own bar chart. I am updating this each day for the rest of March (or until I get my own vaccination). Please note that the official vaccination figures are released two days after the current date, so for, example, the latest on the day I originally published this post, Tuesday 9 March, were for Sunday 7 March.

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Every Tuesday, when the Sunday figures arrive, I also publish the weekly total for Cohort 3.
Week 1: Monday 1–Sunday 7 March.  Total 46,243, an average of 6,606 vaccinations per day. Working from the figure of 450,000 given to RTE on 4 March mentioned above, by my reckoning on 7 March there were about 404,000 in Cohort 3 still to receive a first dose. At the daily rate on 7 March, it would therefore take 61 more days from then to complete the cohort’s first doses.
Week 2: Monday 8–Sunday 14 March. Total 41,487, an average of 5,927 vaccinations per day, almost all first doses. By my reckoning, on 14 March there were about 363,000 in Cohort 3 still to receive a first dose. Because the average number of vaccinations per day has decreased, at the daily rate on 14 March it would still take 61 more days from then to complete the cohort’s first doses.
Week 3: Monday 15–Sunday 21 March. Total 55,405, an average of 7,915 vaccinations per day. This is a significant and welcome improvement on recent weeks in the overall number of vaccinations. However, of this total, 14,212 were second doses, so during the week only 41,193 more people in Cohort 3 received a first vaccination, an average of 5,884 per day. By my reckoning, on 21 March there were about 322,000 in Cohort 3 still to receive a first dose. At the daily rate on 21 March it would therefore take 55 more days from then to complete the cohort’s first doses.
Week 4: Monday 22–Sunday 28 March. Total 82,322, an average of 11,760 vaccinations per day. Another welcome improvement in the overall number of vaccinations. However, of this total, 36,439 were second doses, so during the week only 45,883 more people in Cohort 3 received a first vaccination, an average of 6,554 per day. By my reckoning, on 28 March there were therefore about 276,000 in Cohort 3 still to receive a first dose. At the daily rate on 28 March it would therefore take 42 more days from then to complete the cohort’s first doses.
Week 5: Monday 29 March–Sunday 4 April. Total 89,687, an average of 12,812 vaccinations per day. Another welcome improvement in the overall number of vaccinations, and touted as such in the national press as part of the record 130,000+ overall figure. However, of this total in Cohort 3, 44,225 were second doses, so during the week only 45,462 more people in Cohort 3 received a first vaccination, an average of 6,495 per day. By my reckoning, on 4 April there were therefore about 230,000 in Cohort 3 still to receive a first dose. At the daily rate on 4 April it would therefore take 35 more days from then to complete the cohort’s first doses.
Week 6: Monday 5–Sunday 11 April. Total 90,717, an average of 12,960 vaccinations per day. A slight increase in the overall number of vaccinations. However, of this total in Cohort 3, 39,706 were second doses, so during the week 51,011 more people in Cohort 3 received a first vaccination, an average of 7,287 per day. By my reckoning, on 11 April there were therefore about 179,000 in Cohort 3 still to receive a first dose. At the daily rate on 11 April it would therefore take 25 more days from then to complete the cohort’s first doses.
Week 7: Monday 12–Sunday 18 April. Total 114,934, an average of 16,419 vaccinations per day. A very welcome large increase in the overall number of vaccinations. However, of this total in Cohort 3, 36,757 were second doses, so during the week 78,177 more people in Cohort 3 received a first vaccination, an average of 11,168 per day. By my reckoning, on 11 April there were therefore about 101,000 in Cohort 3 still to receive a first dose. At the daily rate on 11 April it would therefore take 9 more days from then to complete the cohort’s first doses.

Tuesday 20 April

Total: 1,240,965 (+ 21,478 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 878,823
Second Dose: 362,142

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 589,106 (+ 12,926 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 409,070 (+ 6,700 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 180,036 (+ 6,226 in last 24 hours)

Monday 19 April

Total: 1,219,487 (+ 11,028 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 863,958
Second Dose: 355,529

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 576,180 (+ 6,656 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 402,370 (+ 4,415 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 173,810 (+ 2,241 in last 24 hours)

Sunday 18 April

Total: 1,208,459 (+ 4,189 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 855,512
Second Dose: 352,947

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 569,524 (+ 3,292 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 397,955 (+ 2,294 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 171,569 (+ 998 in last 24 hours)

Saturday 17 April

Total: 1,204,063 (+ 15,709 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 852,189
Second Dose: 351,874

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 566,232 (+ 11,508 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 395,661 (+ 9,599 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 170,571 (+ 1,909 in last 24 hours)

Friday 16 April

Total: 1,188,354 (+ 32,755 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 838,644
Second Dose: 349,710

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 554,724 (+ 26,282 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 386,062 (+ 17,933 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 168,662 (+ 8,349 in last 24 hours)

Thursday 15 April

Total: 1,155,599 (+ 34,596 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 814,470
Second Dose: 341,129

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 528,442 (+ 27,641 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 368,129 (+ 18,417 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 160,313 (+ 9,224 in last 24 hours)

Wednesday 14 April

Total: 1,121,003 (+ 26,039 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 789,526
Second Dose: 331,477

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 500,801 (+ 21,922 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 349,712 (+ 16,082 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 151,089 (+ 5,840 in last 24 hours)

Tuesday 13 April

Total: 1,094,964 (+ 18,748 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 769,721
Second Dose: 325,243

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 478,879 (+ 16,664 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 333,630 (+ 9,224 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 145,249 (+ 7,440 in last 24 hours)

Monday 12 April

Total: 1,076,216 (+ 12,550 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 758,763
Second Dose: 317,453

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 462,215 (+ 7,625 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 324,406 (+ 4,628 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 137,809 (+ 2,997 in last 24 hours)

Sunday 11 April

Total: 1,063,666 (+ 5,272 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 749,450
Second Dose: 314,216

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 454,590 (+ 3,225 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 319,778 (+ 2,123 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 134,812 (+ 1,102 in last 24 hours)

Saturday 10 April

Total: 1,058,394 (+ 12,475 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 745,363
Second Dose: 313,031

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 451,365 (+ 9,214 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 317,655 (+ 6,145 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 133,710 (+ 3,069 in last 24 hours)

Friday 9 April

Total: 1,045,919 (+ 27,655 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 735,997
Second Dose: 309,922

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 442,151 (+ 20,513 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 311,510 (+ 12,667 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 130,641 (+ 7,846 in last 24 hours)

Thursday 8 April

Total: 1,018,264 (+ 29,017 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 716,636
Second Dose: 301,628

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 421,638 (+ 40,988 in last 48 hours)
First Dose: 298,843 (+ 22,260 in last 48 hours)
Second Dose: 122,795 (+ 18,728 in last 48 hours)

Wednesday 7 April

Total: 989,247 (+ 27,360 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 697,368
Second Dose: 291,879

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: n/a
First Dose: n/a
Second Dose: n/a

Tuesday 6 April

Total: 961,887 (+ 21,004 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 679,844
Second Dose: 282,043

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 380,650 (+ 13,740 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 276,583 (+ 5,743 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 104,067 (+ 7,997 in last 24 hours)

Monday 5 April

Total: 940,883 (+ 4,796 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 667,182
Second Dose: 273,701

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 366,910 (+ 3,037 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 270,840 (+ 2,073 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 96,070 (+ 964 in last 24 hours)

Sunday 4 April

Total: 936,087 (+ 3,763 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 663,411
Second Dose: 272,676

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 363,873 (+ 2,514 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 268,767 (+ 1,453 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 95,106 (+ 1,061 in last 24 hours)

Saturday 3 April

Total: 932,324 (+ 8,446 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 660,800
Second Dose: 271,524

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 361,359 (+ 6,530 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 267,314 (+ 3,816 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 94,045 (+ 2,714 in last 24 hours)

Friday 2 April

Total: 923,878 (+ 30,503 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 655,292
Second Dose: 268,586

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 354,829 (+ 24,110 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 263,498 (+ 12,354 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 91,331 (+ 11,756 in last 24 hours)

Thursday 1 April

Total: 893,375 (+ 27,915 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 636,963
Second Dose: 256,412

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 330,719 (+ 19,155 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 251,144 (+ 9,956 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 79,575 (+ 9,199 in last 24 hours)

Wednesday 31 March

Total: 865,460 (+ 24,899 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 000,000
Second Dose: 000,000

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 311,564 (+ 16,810 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 241,188 (+ 7,686 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 70,376 (+ 9,124 in last 24 hours)

Tuesday 30 March

Total: 840,561 (+ 20,885 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 603,802
Second Dose: 236,759

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 294,754 (+ 13,645 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 233,502 (+ 6,295 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 61,252 (+ 7,350 in last 24 hours)

Monday 29 March

Total: 819,676 (+ 13,135 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 590,688
Second Dose: 228,988

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 281,109 (+ 6,914 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 227,207 (+ 3,893 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 53,902 (+ 3,021 in last 24 hours)

Sunday 28 March

Total: 806,541 (+ 4,039 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 580,857
Second Dose: 225,684

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 274,195 (+ 1,909 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 223,314 (+ 1,259 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 50,881 (+ 650 in last 24 hours)

Saturday 27 March

Total: 802,502 (+ 15,933 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 577,641
Second Dose: 224,861

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 272,286 (+ 12,106 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 222,055 (+ 7,037 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 50,231 (+ 5,069 in last 24 hours)

Friday 26 March

Total: 786,569 (+ 26,401 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 567,023
Second Dose: 219,546

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 260,180 (+ 17,871 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 215,018 (+ 10,393 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 45,162 (+ 7,478 in last 24 hours)

Thursday 25 March

Total: 760,168 (+ 27,490 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 548,945
Second Dose: 211,223

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 242,309 (+ 18,044 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 204,625 (+ 10,312 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 37,684 (+ 7,732 in last 24 hours)

Wednesday 24 March

Total: 732,678 (+ 23,330 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 529,984
Second Dose: 202,694

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 224,265 (+ 17,354 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 194,313 (+ 9,233 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 29,952 (+ 8,121 in last 24 hours)

Tuesday 23 March

Total: 709,348 (+ 18,899 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 515,800
Second Dose: 193,548

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 206,911 (+ 11,055 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 185,080 (+ 5,162 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 21,831 (+ 5,893 in last 24 hours)

Monday 22 March

Total: 690,449 (+ 10,434 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 503,796
Second Dose: 186,653

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 195,856 (+ 3,983 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 179,918 (+ 2,487 in last 24 hours)
Second Dose: 15,938 (+ 1,496 in last 24 hours)

Sunday 21 March

Total: 680,015 (+ 4,069 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 495,824
Second Dose: 184,191

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 191,873 (+ 1,238 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 177,431
Second Dose: 14,442

Saturday 20 March

Total: 675,946 (+ 7,417 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 492,106
Second Dose: 183,140

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 190,635 (+ 6,042 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 176,343
Second Dose: 14,292

Friday 19 March

Total: 668,529 (+ 14,278 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 487,466
Second Dose: 181,063

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 184,593 (+ 12,473 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 172,728
Second Dose: 11,865

Thursday 18 March

Total: 654,251 (+ 14,665 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 478,725
Second Dose: 175,526

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 172,120 (+ 13,258 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 164,444
Second Dose: 7,676

Wednesday 17 March

Total: 639,586 (+ 7,227 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 468,328
Second Dose: 171,258

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 158,862 (+ 6,732 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 154,465
Second Dose: 4,397

Tuesday 16 March

Total: 632,359 (+ 11,779 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 463,500
Second Dose: 168,859

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 152,130 (+ 9,824 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 149,931
Second Dose: 2,199

Monday 15 March

Total: 620,580 (+ 3,530 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 455,182
Second Dose: 165,398

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 142,306 (+ 2,626 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 142,076
Second Dose: 230

Sunday 14 March

Total: 617,050 (+ 1,116 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 452,554
Second Dose: 164,496

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 139,680 (+ 653 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 139,634
Second Dose: 46

Saturday 13 March

Total: 615,934 (+ 9,030 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 451,589
Second Dose: 164,345

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 139,027 (+ 3,956 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 138,982
Second Dose: 45

Friday 12 March

Total: 606,904 (+ 17,392 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 443,092
Second Dose: 163,812

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 135,109 (+ 8,748 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 135,071
Second Dose: 38

Thursday 11 March

Total: 589,512 (+ 19,121 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 426,819
Second Dose: 162,693

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 126,361 (+ 8,546 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 126,327
Second Dose: 34

Wednesday 10 March

Total: 570,391 (+ 17,230 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 409,662
Second Dose: 160,729

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 117,815 (+ 8,883 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 117,782
Second Dose: 33

Tuesday 9 March

Total: 553,161 (+ 16,544 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 396,089
Second Dose: 157,072

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 108,932 (+ 8,319 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 108,901
Second Dose: 31

Monday 8 March

Total: 536,617 (+ 10,849 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 382,528
Second Dose: 154,089

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 100,613 (+ 2,382 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 100,603
Second Dose: 10

Sunday 7 March

Total: 525,768 (+ 2,699 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 375,521
Second Dose: 150,247

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 98,231 (+ 550 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 98,222
Second Dose: 9

Saturday 6 March

Total: 523,069 (+ 9,747 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 373,149
Second Dose: 149,920

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 97,681 (+ 5,559 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 97,672
Second Dose: 9

Friday 5 March

Total: 513,322 (+ 19,449 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 363,601
Second Dose: 149,721

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 92,122 (+ 10,035 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 92,113
Second Dose: 9

Thursday 4 March

Total: 493,873 (+ 19,228 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 346,256
Second Dose: 147,617

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 82,093 (+ 10,106 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 82,087
Second Dose: 6

Wednesday 3 March

Total: 474,645 (+ 14,008 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 328,598
Second Dose: 146,047

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 71,927 (+ 8,898 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 71,922
Second Dose: 5

Tuesday 2 March

Total: 460,637 (+ 14,163 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 316,056
Second Dose: 144,581

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 63,029 (+ 8,338 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 63,024
Second Dose: 5

Monday 1 March

Total: 446,474 (+ 6,692 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 303,550
Second Dose: 142,924

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 54,691 (+ 2,757 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 54,687
Second Dose: 4

Sunday 28 February

Total: 439,782 (+ 3,887 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 297,899
Second Dose: 141,883

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 51,934 (+ 1,230 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 51,930
Second Dose: 4

Saturday 27 February

Total: 435,895 (+ 9,825 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 294,550
Second Dose: 141,345

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 50,704 (+ 4,930 in last 24 hours)
First Dose: 50,700
Second Dose: 4

Friday 26 February

Overall Total
Total: 426,070
First Dose: 285,780
Second Dose: 140,290

Cohort 3 Total (People aged 70 and older)
Total: 45,744
First Dose: 45,741
Second Dose: 3

Source: Ireland’s COVID19 Data Hub