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Citing recent studies, the Department of Health declared that there were no excess deaths in Ireland during the core pandemic years of 2020–2022.

It quotes a recent 'Working Paper' from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) indicating that Ireland, with the fourth lowest rate behind New Zealand, Iceland, and Norway, was one of nine OECD nations to avoid extra fatalities during this time.


According to the OECD, the report is a representation of early findings or ongoing study.

The amount of fatalities from all causes that occur over an extended period of time that exceeds expectations is referred to as excess deaths.

The number of individuals who would have died between 2020 and 2022 and the number of persons who would have been projected to die during that time, in the event that the pandemic had not occurred, were measured by the OECD.

The number of excess deaths includes both deaths from other illnesses and deaths from Covid-19 for which a test was not performed.

Previous estimates of extra mortality during the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, did not account for changes in the population's size and demographics in this area.

Between the 2016 and 2022 censuses, Ireland's overall population expanded by 8%, while the country's population over 65 years of age climbed by 22% during that time.

According to the government, modifying death rates to account for these modifications has demonstrated that Ireland had a lower-than-expected death rate in 2020–22 and did not record excess mortality.

The Central Statistics Office provided the data used in the OECD estimates.

According to the OECD report, the data for 2021–2022 are tentative and could change.