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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: 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.
FactFind: How much water do we actually use?
And how many households fall into the “excessive use” category of 1.7 times the average?
Ireland's Best Drives: Feast your eyes on this truly stunning Wicklow day trip
It’s just a stone’s throw from Dublin and we guarantee you won’t regret spending a day driving around Wicklow.
FactFind: Is Shane Ross right to say his drink-driving bill could save 35 lives?
We take a closer look at the facts surrounding the Minister for Transport’s controversial proposals.
FactCheck: Is secondary picketing actually illegal?
We test a claim that spread widely after last Friday’s actions by some Bus Éireann workers.
FactFind: How generous is maternity leave in Ireland?
Women in Ireland get some of the longest maternity leave periods in Europe – but also some of the lowest-paid.
FactCheck: Are Catholic schools more socially diverse than other schools?
FactCheck referees a dispute between representatives of the Iona Institute and Educate Together.
FactFind: One year in, is this really a "do-nothing" Dáil?
We take a deeper look at how the 32nd Dáil compares to its predecessors.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
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: 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?
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: The False claim of the Year, 2016 - Vote now
What do you think was the biggest, most consequential falsehood of 2016? Vote now.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.