Taoiseach singles out the finding that mother and baby homes had significantly higher mortality rates than broader society

He also singles out Catherine Corless for the work she did on researching the burial records of Tuam which prompted this State inquiry
Taoiseach says he will issue the State apology in Dáil Éireann tomorrow
Roderic O'Gorman says the report reflects a society which was "stifling, oppressive and deeply misogynistic"
O'Gorman: Every person who spoke out led us to the truth that we see today… this is an extraordinary moment for those for whom this is not history, but everyday living pain
O'Gorman: Legislation allowing dignified excavation of Tuam, and testing on remains, will be passed this year
O'Gorman: We will not shy away from taking responsibility for what happened in, and what is needed in reply to, this report
Josepha Madigan: "There remains much more listening to do, and this is one of those days"
Madigan: "Personally I'd like to know where all the fathers were… why did they not stand by the mothers of their children? But they didn't, they turned the other way"
Anne Rabbitte: As a woman, mother, and daughter who lives within miles of Tuam, I've been nervous awaiting this… for the public to face to face that this happened in our lifetimes and communities
Rabbitte: "As a mother I wonder what sort of societal pressure I'd have to be under to turn my back on my children… society must be responsible for forcing the hands of these families… the circle of blame is vast"
Rabbitte singling out a few points of personal testimony. Concludes that a "staggering number of young girls didn't even know they'd have sex, consented to nothing, abuse, beatings, or giving their baby away."
Taoiseach "will give further consideration" to calls for a State apology to be deferred, but says that in previous instances a State apology was the catalyst for other actions. "We want to get the sequence right, but we want to move now."
I ask O'Gorman how the report might find no evidence of physical abuse or forced adoption, while publishing testimony which shows it:

ROG: The stories before the confidential committee do contain abuse… many were not in homes, but in the boarding-out or fostering situations
General gist of reply (and to be fair O'Gorman did not write the report, so he's trying to rationalise the commission's thinking) is that people were forced by their circumstances into giving children for adoption, rather than being coerced by any specific party
Taoiseach: I would draw a distinction between religion and Christianity… You have excessive religiosity on display here. You don't have any Christianity at all.
Taoiseach: "The religious orders should make a contribution to any scheme the Government will be developing… where lands have been sold there will be proceeds there that can contribute to such a scheme"

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12 Jan
The stories from Bessborough are devastating.
One: “I was screaming with the pain, three days screaming with the pain and all you got was, ‘Oh you should have thought about this nine months ago.’ ‘You have got to suffer for your sins and you have got to put up with it.’ And the more you screamed the more she abused you.”
Another: The midwife “wouldn't give any painkilling. She was cutting the girls down below and just would tell them this is your punishment for what you have done and you are never doing this again.”
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12 Jan
The final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother & Baby Homes has now been published: gov.ie/report/
The full document is close to 3,000 pages, but the Government has also commissioned this video reenactment of some of the testimonies received:
Press conference with Taoiseach, Roderic O’Gorman and Josepha Madigan is now underway.

Watch live on fb.com/virginmedianew…
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11 Jan
Ireland’s figure here is as of Jan 7. Ministers were told last night Ireland has now surpassed 35,000 which is 0.74 per hundred. Healthcare workers were vaccinated across the weekend.
Meanwhile #covid19ireland ICU numbers up to 146 as of this morning, with 21 admissions in the last day, and set to exceed the springtime peak of 155 very soon.

146 is literally half of all of Ireland’s current intensive care capacity.
On vaccines: briefing note for ministers says supply to long-term care facilities “will be increased significantly” this week, with jabs in 180 nursing homes, putting Ireland on target to offer first jab to all 75,000 residents and staff by end of January
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THREAD: As we know there are now personnel and technological limits as to how many new 'confirmed cases' of Covid-19 will be reported every day - the backlog of cases to be officially announced is 9,000+ and likely to keep growing.

So how will we know how many cases there are?
(there isn't supposed to be an element of suspense here, my browser has crashed while posting the thread)
Great, the browser crashed and took the thread with it. 🙃
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1 Jan
1754 cases; 11 deaths

Previous Fridays:
25/12: 1025
18/12: 582
11/12: 313
04/12: 265
27/11: 206

5-day average: 1480.6

7-day average: 1349
(Previous 7 days: 839)

14-day cases/100k: 321.6
(7 days ago: 181.4)

In hospital: 490
In ICU: 42
☝🏻 Correction: 504 in hospital, of whom 47 are in ICU
Today's figures have a note from Philip Nolan on the gap between swabs and cases:

"Positive tests detected in laboratories require validation (to remove duplicates and other tests that do not create new cases) and transfer to the HPSC database before confirmation and reporting…
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31 Dec 20
1620 cases; 12 deaths

Previous Thursdays:
24/12: 922
17/12: 484
10/12: 310
03/12: 183
26/11: 335

5-day average: 1278.6

7-day average: 1244.9
(Previous 7 days: 775.7)

14-day cases/100k: 296.7
(7 days ago: 166.0)

In hospital: 490
In ICU: 42
NEW: NPHET tells Govt that even if R is reduced to 1.4 from yesterday, case numbers will rise to 2000+ daily by Jan 9, and 3000 daily by Jan 23… by which point the number of cases in hospital would surpass 1000.
For context on that: that's double the 490 cases in hospital this lunchtime, and would amount to occupying almost EVERY spare public hospital bed in Ireland.

Yesterday morning, for example, there were 623 available beds across the public hospital system.
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