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# factcheck - Friday 7 April, 2017

FactCheck: Is secondary picketing actually illegal?

We test a claim that spread widely after last Friday’s actions by some Bus Éireann workers.

# factcheck - Friday 24 March, 2017

FactCheck: Are Catholic schools more socially diverse than other schools?

FactCheck referees a dispute between representatives of the Iona Institute and Educate Together.

# factcheck - Thursday 16 March, 2017

FactCheck: Did Enda Kenny really never call Donald Trump "racist"?

In advance of his meeting with the US President, the Taoiseach was confronted with comments he made last year. FactCheck takes a look.

# factcheck - Tuesday 28 February, 2017

FactCheck: How many new social housing units did the government provide last year?

In the second instalment of our two-part series, FactCheck referees an on-air dispute between Damien English and Eoin Ó Broin.

# factcheck - Sunday 26 February, 2017

FactCheck: Are there really 8,500 social housing units currently being built?

Part One of FactCheck’s two-part series on high-profile disputes over social housing, this week.

# factcheck - Saturday 25 February, 2017

FactCheck: Did Right2Water this week support charging for excessive water use?

Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen made the claim this week, and the AAA-PBP’s Paul Murphy accused him of “mischief making”. FactCheck steps in.

# factcheck - Wednesday 22 February, 2017

FactCheck: How many new social housing units does the government plan to build?

Richard Bruton made the claim, and a FactCheck reader asked us to step in, so we did.

# factcheck - Monday 20 February, 2017

FactCheck: Do supervised injection centres reduce drug-related deaths?

In the final instalment of our three-part series on drug policy, FactCheck examines a claim made by Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn on Tonight With Vincent Browne.

# factcheck - Sunday 19 February, 2017

FactCheck: Do supervised injection centres reduce drug-related crime?

In Part Two of a three-part series, FactCheck looks into a claim by Dublin City Councillor Mannix Flynn, during a debate on Tonight With Vincent Browne.

# factcheck - Saturday 18 February, 2017

FactCheck: How many detox beds are there in Ireland?

In three parts, FactCheck referees an argument between a Minister of State and a Dublin City Councillor over supervised injection centres. Tonight – Part One.

# factcheck - Sunday 12 February, 2017

FactCheck: Are there really more Polish speakers than Irish speakers in Northern Ireland?

DUP leader Arlene Foster raised some eyebrows with her claim during the week. Is it true?

# factcheck - Wednesday 8 February, 2017

FactCheck: Are there really fewer people on hospital trolleys this year?

The Tánaiste made the claim amid ongoing debate about wait times in Irish healthcare.

# factcheck - Tuesday 7 February, 2017

FactCheck: Are Michael O'Leary and Ryanair right about Dublin Airport charges increasing?

The airline says the airport’s fees are rising. The airport disagrees. FactCheck steps in.

# factcheck - Sunday 5 February, 2017

FactCheck: Which public transport services get the most state funding?

AAA-PBP TD Brid Smith says the state gives more per journey to rail and tram services than it does to buses. We put her claim to the test.

# factcheck - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

FactCheck: Is Richard Bruton right to say housing starts are on the rise?

The Education Minister made the claim during Leaders Questions last week – our readers asked for it to be tested.

# factcheck - Tuesday 31 January, 2017

FactCheck: Did Jim Daly really propose getting rid of the free travel pass?

We examine his comments and test the claim of his fellow Cork South-West TD, Fianna Fáil’s Margaret Murphy O’Mahony.

# factcheck - Saturday 28 January, 2017

FactCheck: Did the DUP really never commit to an Irish Language Act?

FactCheck: Did the DUP really never commit to an Irish Language Act?

Edwin Poots raised some eyebrows when he refused to accept his party had agreed to an Irish Language Act at St Andrews. So is he right?

# factcheck - Tuesday 24 January, 2017

FactCheck: Is Regina Doherty right to say she didn't support the use of civil disobedience?

The Government Chief Whip denies having made some controversial comments. We put that claim to the test.

# factcheck - Friday 20 January, 2017

Six lessons for 2017 from an Irish fact-checker in a "fake news" era

After fact-checking Irish public debate during a tumultuous year for politics, the news media and the concept of truth itself, there are ways we can all improve public debate in 2017, writes Dan Mac Guill.

# factcheck - Sunday 1 January, 2017

FactCheck: You asked, we answered - "real unemployment"

Are job activation schemes masking the reality of unemployment in Ireland? What kind of jobs are people getting anyway?

# factcheck - Saturday 31 December, 2016

The 2016 FactCheck Review of the Year

Which politicians had the most TRUE and FALSE claims? And what were the issues that kept us busiest?

# factcheck - Thursday 29 December, 2016

FactCheck: The 2016 False Claim of the Year - as chosen by you

11 months and 89 fact checks later, readers have voted for the most consequential falsehood of 2016.

# factcheck - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

FactCheck: You asked, we answered - how does Irish politicians' pay compare to Europe?

How do our TDs and Taoiseach’s salaries compare to their continental counterparts?

# factcheck - Saturday 24 December, 2016

FactCheck: Can Santa really deliver all the world's presents in one night?

Before you leave out your carrots and mince pies, check out the evidence.

# factcheck - Thursday 22 December, 2016

FactCheck: No, the reported side effects of the HPV vaccine do NOT outweigh the proven benefits

An ongoing online campaign against in-school vaccinations is not based on scientific evidence, and is contradicted by volumes of it.

# factcheck - Wednesday 21 December, 2016

FactCheck: You asked, we answered - the gender pay gap

One FactCheck reader saw a lot of claims about the gender pay gap this year, so we’ve taken a closer look.

# factcheck - Sunday 18 December, 2016

FactCheck: You asked, we answered - suicide, austerity and the Troubles

FactCheck takes a closer look at a claim that was widely shared on social media this year.

# factcheck - Sunday 11 December, 2016

FactCheck: Is Willie O'Dea right to say Ireland has the highest child poverty rate in the OECD?

The Fianna Fáil TD made the bold claim earlier this week in an interview with a local newspaper.

# factcheck - Sunday 4 December, 2016

FactCheck: Do you have any nagging questions from 2016? Get in touch

Do you keep hearing a claim, and you’re not sure if it’s true? Tell us and we’ll try to check it out.

# factcheck - Saturday 3 December, 2016

FactCheck: The False claim of the Year, 2016 - Vote now Factcheck This post contains a poll

FactCheck: The False claim of the Year, 2016 - Vote now

What do you think was the biggest, most consequential falsehood of 2016? Vote now.

# factcheck - Thursday 1 December, 2016

FactCheck: How many people boycotted water charges?

The AAA-PBP says almost three quarters of Irish Water customers refused to pay during the most recent billing cycle. Is that true?

# factcheck - Sunday 27 November, 2016

FactCheck: Are motor insurance claims and legal fees going up or down?

Using previously unpublished data, FactCheck steps in to referee a heated dispute between the Law Society and the insurance industry.

# factcheck - Saturday 26 November, 2016

FactCheck: Nursing union leader Liam Doran's claims about the Irish health service

The INMO General Secretary made a series of claims on Claire Byrne Live this week. Here’s our FactCheck roundup.

# factcheck - Wednesday 23 November, 2016

FactCheck: Is Fine Gael right to claim the credit for a fall in mortgages in arrears?

Fine Gael has been on Twitter and Facebook, promoting a set of claims about its role in the fall of mortgages in arrears. Do they check out?

# factcheck - Sunday 20 November, 2016

FactCheck: Do 700,000 jobs really depend on our "open access" to the EU

Richard Bruton made a big claim about this major issue, on Claire Byrne Live earlier in the week.

# factcheck - Saturday 19 November, 2016

FactCheck: National Party leader Justin Barrett's claims about immigration

The National Party leader made a series of claims about immigration on the Last Word this week. We checked them out.

# factcheck - Thursday 17 November, 2016

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from the world’s fact-checkers (including

Fact-checkers from around the world, including’s FactCheck, set out their stall on Facebook and fake news.

# factcheck - Wednesday 16 November, 2016

FactCheck: Is Denis Naughten right about the deaths caused by air pollution in Ireland?

The Climate Action Minister says four people die every day due to air pollution. We put his claim to the test.

# factcheck - Sunday 13 November, 2016

FactCheck: How many refugees is Ireland taking in at the moment?

One FactCheck reader was curious about a claim made by Simon Harris last week, so we looked into it.

# factcheck - Thursday 10 November, 2016

FactCheck: No, Ireland is NOT "officially accepting Trump refugees"

An old article, based on a misquotation, has been spreading the false rumour widely online since Tuesday.

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