'Lies, damned lies, and statistics - official fake news is creating bad decisions'

'Lies, damned lies, and statistics - official fake news is creating bad decisions'

The problem will continue until officials are held accountable, writes Michael Brennan

Every day, politicians and officials are making decisions based on statistics. If road deaths are increasing in a particular location, then Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan has said that it will become a target for greater speed checks and garda enforcement.

If waiting lists are growing in a particular HSE region, then there may be a case for extra staff.

And if the number of homes being built appears to be picking up, then...

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