German Presidency of the Council Working Party on Statistics Ireland

Statistical Office:
Central Statistics Office

COVID-19 dedicated website:

COVID-19 related project/initiative:
Measuring Mortality using Public Data Sources

The law in Ireland allows a qualified informant, e.g. surviving relative, a period of 3 months to register a death. This delay precluded prudent monitoring of all-cause mortality during a pandemic, so we experimented with monitoring published death notices, on a commercially owned website, Due to Ireland's tendency to bury their dead within a matter of days, death notices are placed within one day. Market and cultural forces, conveniently placed as a data source which transpired to be an accurate and timely means of monitoring mortality in close to real time.

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