Covid tracker report delayed amid questions over app’s efficacy

The total cost of the app has so far reached €1.5 million

The Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL) has called for the app to be scrapped given the absence of data relating to its effectiveness.

A report into the state’s Covid Tracker app has been delayed again amid calls for the technology to be discontinued over a lack of evidence around its impact on reducing the spread of coronavirus.

The app, which was launched 18 months ago, has 1.7 million active users. A report into its effectiveness was due to be published by the end of last year but a “critical workload” currently being experienced by the HSE means it ...