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Tuesday 10 October, 2017

FactCheck: Do taxes on sugary drinks actually work?
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FactCheck: Do taxes on sugary drinks actually work?

Oct 10th 2017, 6:30 PM 62,269 Views 81 Comments

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

Wednesday 6 September, 2017

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

Sep 6th 2017, 5:15 PM 153,685 Views 260 Comments

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

Monday 1 May, 2017

FactFind: How much water do we actually use?
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FactFind: How much water do we actually use?

May 1st 2017, 10:00 PM 28,622 Views 72 Comments

And how many households fall into the “excessive use” category of 1.7 times the average?

Friday 14 April, 2017

FactFind: Is Shane Ross right to say his drink-driving bill could save 35 lives?
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FactFind: Is Shane Ross right to say his drink-driving bill could save 35 lives?

Apr 14th 2017, 10:00 PM 20,079 Views 47 Comments

We take a closer look at the facts surrounding the Minister for Transport’s controversial proposals.

Friday 7 April, 2017

FactCheck: Is secondary picketing actually illegal?
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FactCheck: Is secondary picketing actually illegal?

Apr 7th 2017, 12:05 AM 15,206 Views 24 Comments

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

Wednesday 5 April, 2017

FactFind: How generous is maternity leave in Ireland?
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FactFind: How generous is maternity leave in Ireland?

Apr 5th 2017, 12:05 AM 70,704 Views 26 Comments

Women in Ireland get some of the longest maternity leave periods in Europe – but also some of the lowest-paid.

Friday 24 March, 2017

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

Mar 24th 2017, 10:22 AM 61,896 Views 219 Comments

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

Sunday 19 March, 2017

FactFind: One year in, is this really a "do-nothing" Dáil?
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FactFind: One year in, is this really a "do-nothing" Dáil?

Mar 19th 2017, 8:30 PM 21,455 Views 54 Comments

We take a deeper look at how the 32nd Dáil compares to its predecessors.

Thursday 16 March, 2017

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

Mar 16th 2017, 10:30 PM 19,938 Views 63 Comments

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

Tuesday 28 February, 2017

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

Feb 28th 2017, 12:01 AM 11,839 Views 25 Comments

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

Sunday 26 February, 2017

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

Feb 26th 2017, 8:30 PM 17,989 Views 42 Comments

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

Saturday 25 February, 2017

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

Feb 25th 2017, 7:30 PM 18,172 Views 72 Comments

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.

Wednesday 22 February, 2017

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

Feb 22nd 2017, 8:30 PM 13,224 Views 34 Comments

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

Monday 20 February, 2017

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

Feb 20th 2017, 10:00 PM 13,292 Views 21 Comments

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.

Sunday 19 February, 2017

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

Feb 19th 2017, 10:00 PM 24,247 Views 42 Comments

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.

Saturday 18 February, 2017

FactCheck: How many detox beds are there in Ireland?
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FactCheck: How many detox beds are there in Ireland?

Feb 18th 2017, 12:18 AM 13,291 Views 21 Comments

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

Sunday 12 February, 2017

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

Feb 12th 2017, 10:00 PM 58,551 Views 84 Comments

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

Tuesday 7 February, 2017

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

Feb 7th 2017, 8:30 PM 31,327 Views 33 Comments

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

Sunday 5 February, 2017

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

Feb 5th 2017, 7:00 PM 25,861 Views 85 Comments

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.

Wednesday 1 February, 2017

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

Feb 1st 2017, 8:30 PM 12,170 Views 22 Comments

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

Tuesday 31 January, 2017

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

Jan 31st 2017, 6:15 AM 12,347 Views 23 Comments

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

Tuesday 24 January, 2017

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

Jan 24th 2017, 8:30 PM 16,021 Views 68 Comments

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

Friday 20 January, 2017

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

Jan 20th 2017, 12:01 AM 443 Views 36 Comments

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.

Sunday 1 January, 2017

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

Jan 1st 2017, 7:00 PM 24,792 Views 61 Comments

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

Saturday 31 December, 2016

The 2016 FactCheck Review of the Year
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The 2016 FactCheck Review of the Year

Dec 31st 2016, 8:00 AM 13,839 Views 21 Comments

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

Thursday 29 December, 2016

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

Dec 29th 2016, 9:30 PM 28,199 Views 38 Comments

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

Wednesday 28 December, 2016

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

Dec 28th 2016, 10:30 PM 52,352 Views 74 Comments

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

Saturday 24 December, 2016

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

Dec 24th 2016, 8:00 AM 31,466 Views 46 Comments

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

Wednesday 21 December, 2016

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

Dec 21st 2016, 9:30 PM 31,275 Views 26 Comments

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

Sunday 18 December, 2016

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

Dec 18th 2016, 8:30 PM 22,874 Views 45 Comments

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

Sunday 11 December, 2016

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

Dec 11th 2016, 9:30 PM 19,674 Views 66 Comments

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

Sunday 4 December, 2016

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

Dec 4th 2016, 10:00 PM 10,442 Views 64 Comments

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.

Saturday 3 December, 2016

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

Dec 3rd 2016, 8:30 AM 31,819 Views 79 Comments

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

Thursday 1 December, 2016

FactCheck: How many people boycotted water charges?
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FactCheck: How many people boycotted water charges?

Dec 1st 2016, 8:00 PM 26,617 Views 162 Comments

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

Sunday 27 November, 2016

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

Nov 27th 2016, 10:00 PM 22,451 Views 41 Comments

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

Saturday 26 November, 2016

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

Nov 26th 2016, 8:00 AM 25,042 Views 121 Comments

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

Wednesday 23 November, 2016

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

Nov 23rd 2016, 7:59 PM 15,394 Views 42 Comments

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?

Sunday 20 November, 2016

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

Nov 20th 2016, 9:30 PM 20,146 Views 48 Comments

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

Saturday 19 November, 2016

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

Nov 19th 2016, 7:20 AM 35,232 Views 161 Comments

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

Wednesday 16 November, 2016

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

Nov 16th 2016, 8:00 PM 16,240 Views 27 Comments

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

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