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# factcheck - Thursday 9 August, 2018

FactCheck: Did singer Demi Lovato really pass away in late July?

A claim shared over 90,000 times on Facebook grew traction after she was hospitalised.

# factcheck - Saturday 28 July, 2018

# factcheck - Friday 20 July, 2018

FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach threaten to ban British planes from Irish skies?

The UK’s Sun newspaper carried the front page “Irish PM: I’ll ban British planes as revenge for Brexit”.

# factcheck - Friday 22 June, 2018

FactCheck: Did Sweden shut down a music festival because of attacks carried out by migrants?

A Facebook post from has been shared widely since it was posted earlier today.

# factcheck - Tuesday 19 June, 2018

FactCheck: Is Trump correct that the Democrats passed laws to separate families at the border?

Trump has pinned the blame for the controversial practice at the US border on Democrats, but is he right?

# factcheck - Monday 11 June, 2018

FactCheck: Did Justin Trudeau's eyebrow fall off during a press conference?

Footage online appears to show the Canadian Prime Minister’s eyebrow falling off at a live press conference.

# factcheck - Sunday 3 June, 2018

FactCheck: Is 'exam weather' really an Irish climate phenomenon?’s FactCheck looks at whether students really do make the sun shine for everyone.

# factcheck - Friday 25 May, 2018

Q&A: The answers to your questions about the Eighth Amendment referendum

You’ve been submitting your questions – and here are the answers.

# factcheck - Wednesday 23 May, 2018

Q&A: Can the 'hard cases' be dealt with while still retaining the Eighth Amendment?

It’s been a big question in recent days.

FactFind: How many doctors support repeal?

There are Doctors for Yes and the Medical Alliance for No – but what are the numbers exactly?

# factcheck - Tuesday 22 May, 2018

FactCheck: Has the story of a baby born alive during abortion in Poland opened a debate there? has republished a post from March of two years ago in this last week of the Irish referendum campaign.

FactCheck: Is Ireland's proposed abortion legislation more extreme than British law?

We take a look at a recent claim made about this.

Q&A: Can the proposed legislation allowing abortion up to 12 weeks be changed in the future?

Many of our readers had questions about the legislative process, and trusting politicians.

# factcheck - Thursday 17 May, 2018

How do Ireland's proposed abortion laws compare with Europe?

It has been compared to the UK, but how does it stack up to other countries?

# factcheck - Sunday 13 May, 2018

Q&A: Can pregnant women receive cancer treatment?

Women are advised against getting pregnant while receiving cancer treatment.

# factcheck - Wednesday 9 May, 2018

# factcheck - Monday 7 May, 2018

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Q&A: Here's how many women and girls travel to the UK for abortions

More than 170,000 females have travelled to another country for a termination since 1980.

# factcheck - Friday 4 May, 2018

FactCheck: Does abortion increase the risk of a woman developing breast cancer?

A paid-for advertisement on Facebook is surfacing on Irish user pages, claiming this is the case. We examine the evidence.

# factcheck - Thursday 3 May, 2018

Q&A: How are abortions carried out? Can a foetus feel pain?

It depends on a number of factors, including how far along the pregnancy is.

# factcheck - Saturday 28 April, 2018

Explainer: Here's what the proposed legislation says about abortion up to six months

New billboards launched this week have raised questions about access to terminations after 12 weeks if the Eighth Amendment is repealed.

# factcheck - Friday 27 April, 2018

FactCheck: Are 1 in 5 babies in England aborted?

We look at the facts behind a Save the 8th campaign poster.

# factcheck - Thursday 26 April, 2018

# factcheck - Sunday 22 April, 2018

FactCheck: Is the 'Martinelli' virus real and can it hack your phone through Whatsapp?

Commonly shared around WhatsApp groups, it portends great doom coming to your phone.

# factcheck - Thursday 15 February, 2018

FactFind: Is it cheaper to have a mortgage than rent in Ireland?

We’ve all heard it in the pub, but is it actually true?

# factcheck - Sunday 4 February, 2018

FactCheck: Are 90% of babies with Down syndrome in Britain aborted?

We take a look at a claim in a poster used in a new campaign by Save the 8th.

# factcheck - Saturday 20 January, 2018

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FactFind: Is it actually a crime to download movies without paying?

After a court ruling this week, we were asked to find out the facts.

# factcheck - Friday 22 December, 2017

FactCheck: Was the burgundy passport 'enforced' on Britain when it joined the EU?

Today the Conservative Party said the UK’s exit from the EU gives it an opportunity to restore its national identity.

# factcheck - Thursday 21 December, 2017

FactCheck: Would the new alcohol bill ban the Guinness Christmas ad?

It’s a claim made by the alcohol lobby, but does it stand up to scrutiny?

# factcheck - Thursday 30 November, 2017

# factcheck - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

FactCheck: Does Ireland really have a low rate of homelessness by international standards?

The Taoiseach and Housing Minister have both made the claim in recent weeks.

# factcheck - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

FactCheck: Do taxes on sugary drinks actually work?

FactCheck delves into a dispute over the so-called sugar tax, which is to go live on 1 May.

# factcheck - Wednesday 4 October, 2017

FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU?

One of the Budget talking points will be how our social welfare benefits compare to our EU counterparts.

# factcheck - Friday 29 September, 2017

FactCheck: Is the Bishop of Waterford right to say the HPV vaccine is '70% safe'?

Bishop Phonsie Cullinan said the vaccine could encourage sexual activity. We can’t factcheck that – but we can say his ’70% safe’ claim is FALSE.

# factcheck - Wednesday 27 September, 2017

FactCheck: Will 180,000 homes and businesses begin 2020 without high-speed broadband?

Éamon Ó Cuív TD made the claim last week.

# factcheck - Wednesday 20 September, 2017

FactFind: How do our personal tax bills compare to those living around the world?

There’s a lot of chat about what’s taken from our pay by Revenue at the moment – here are some facts.

# factcheck - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

FactFind: What is the state of social house building in Ireland?

We break down the argument over waiting list figures – and what the government says it will do to clear them (or not).

FactCheck: Has the government quadrupled social housing construction in two years?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tweeted that “social house building has quadrupled since 2015″.

# factcheck - Tuesday 12 September, 2017

FactCheck: Did the State build more social housing in the 1980s than in 2015?

In short, yes – but many were sold off at a discount to their tenants and so passed from the public housing stock.

# factcheck - Wednesday 6 September, 2017

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

Following controversy over Super Junior Minister Finian McGrath’s comments about the vaccine, republishes this Factcheck.

# factcheck - Wednesday 23 August, 2017

FactCheck: Are there really only 10,000 undocumented Irish in the USA?

The oft-quoted figure of 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants in the US has been disputed recently. Is it really much, much lower than that?

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