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# debunked - Tuesday 3 August, 2021

Debunked: Photo shows World Cup celebrations, not an anti-vaccine pass protest in Paris
# France
# France

Debunked: Photo shows World Cup celebrations, not an anti-vaccine pass protest in Paris

Aug 3rd 2021, 3:25 PM 26,162 Views 0 Comments

Social media posts have falsely described a photo from France in 2018 as a recent anti-restrictions protest.

# debunked - Thursday 22 July, 2021

Debunked: No, the government can't vaccinate the children of unmarried parents 'by decree'
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Debunked: No, the government can't vaccinate the children of unmarried parents 'by decree'

Jul 22nd 2021, 6:00 AM 15,815 Views 0 Comments

Legal experts said the claim is a complete misrepresentation of the law.

# debunked - Saturday 17 July, 2021

Debunked: A claim that Australian students were 'accidentally' vaccinated is missing context
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: A claim that Australian students were 'accidentally' vaccinated is missing context

Jul 17th 2021, 11:00 AM 27,388 Views 0 Comments

An “error” led to around 160 students receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine,.

# debunked - Friday 16 July, 2021

Debunked: No, 82% of women vaccinated against Covid-19 in the first third of pregnancy don't miscarry
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, 82% of women vaccinated against Covid-19 in the first third of pregnancy don't miscarry

Jul 16th 2021, 7:49 PM 30,169 Views 0 Comments

The claim has circulated widely on social media in recent weeks.

# debunked - Sunday 11 July, 2021

Debunked: Misleading Covid vaccine claims in Dolores Cahill's by-election leaflet
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# Factcheck

Debunked: Misleading Covid vaccine claims in Dolores Cahill's by-election leaflet

Jul 11th 2021, 12:05 AM 90,364 Views 0 Comments
  • Dolores Cahill claimed in a by-election leaflet that mRNA vaccines "have never been approved". This is untrue, Orla Dwyer reports.
  • Cahill also made a misleading claim about deaths associated with vaccine clinical trials.
  • Cahill was a candidate in the Dublin Bay South by-election. She was eliminated on the third count.

# debunked - Saturday 10 July, 2021

Debunked: A claim which describes 'major concerns' about the AstraZeneca vaccine is misleading
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# Debunked

Debunked: A claim which describes 'major concerns' about the AstraZeneca vaccine is misleading

Jul 10th 2021, 1:00 PM 33,361 Views 0 Comments

The claim has been shared on Facebook.

# debunked - Friday 9 July, 2021

Debunked: No, the Covid-19 vaccine figures don't include missed appointments
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, the Covid-19 vaccine figures don't include missed appointments

Jul 9th 2021, 4:35 PM 11,563 Views 0 Comments

An independent TD claimed that the official vaccine figures refer to the number of appointments made rather than doses administered.

# debunked - Sunday 4 July, 2021

Debunked: No, EU and US databases do not show that thousands of people have died from Covid-19 vaccines
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, EU and US databases do not show that thousands of people have died from Covid-19 vaccines

Jul 4th 2021, 9:00 AM 70,778 Views 0 Comments

Claims which rely on the EudraVigilance and VAERS databases are often misleading.

# debunked - Saturday 26 June, 2021

Debunked: No, you won't develop skin cancer from wearing sunglasses
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# Debunk

Debunked: No, you won't develop skin cancer from wearing sunglasses

Jun 26th 2021, 7:00 AM 14,177 Views 0 Comments

A social media claim is wrongly saying that sunglasses are harmful.

# debunked - Saturday 19 June, 2021

FactCheck: No, these claims in an anti-mask leaflet delivered to homes aren't true
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FactCheck: No, these claims in an anti-mask leaflet delivered to homes aren't true

Jun 19th 2021, 6:30 AM 20,737 Views 0 Comments

A leaflet by Anti-Corruption Ireland contains a list of false statements about masks and their effectiveness.

# debunked - Friday 18 June, 2021

Debunked: Yes, coronavirus antibodies protect against 'infection of the lung'
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# Debunked

Debunked: Yes, coronavirus antibodies protect against 'infection of the lung'

Jun 18th 2021, 6:00 AM 39,384 Views 14 Comments

A video shared online claimed that because antibodies produced as a result of the vaccine are in the blood, they don’t protect against Covid infection. This is false.

# debunked - Thursday 17 June, 2021

Debunked: No, the army hasn't been drafted in to 'forcibly' vaccinate prisoners
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# Debunk

Debunked: No, the army hasn't been drafted in to 'forcibly' vaccinate prisoners

Jun 17th 2021, 6:30 AM 8,242 Views 0 Comments

Vaccines are being rolled out on a prison-by-prison basis and jabs are administered by National Ambulance Service staff.

# debunked - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

'A distorted perspective': How anti-lockdown groups are using data to downplay the impact of Covid-19
# Mortality Misinfo
# Mortality Misinfo

'A distorted perspective': How anti-lockdown groups are using data to downplay the impact of Covid-19

Jun 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 25,834 Views 0 Comments
  • Anti-lockdown accounts on social media often leave out important context or misconstrue data to argue that the pandemic is not real.
  • A disinformation professor at DCU says online misinformation often draws on "a grain of truth" - and then distorts it.
  • Lauren Boland breaks down the official statistics and how you can find the facts.

# debunked - Sunday 30 May, 2021

Debunked: Claims by an ex-Pfizer employee about Covid-19 and vaccines are false and misleading
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# Debunked

Debunked: Claims by an ex-Pfizer employee about Covid-19 and vaccines are false and misleading

May 30th 2021, 12:05 AM 182,676 Views 0 Comments

Mike Yeadon is regularly cited by anti-lockdown groups.

# debunked - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Debunked: Messages shared on WhatsApp claim that scammers are calling people with their HSE data
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Debunked: Messages shared on WhatsApp claim that scammers are calling people with their HSE data

May 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 101,396 Views 0 Comments

Different versions of the message have appeared in recent days.

# debunked - Friday 21 May, 2021

FactCheck: No, insurance policies aren't 'null and void' if you receive a Covid-19 vaccine
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, insurance policies aren't 'null and void' if you receive a Covid-19 vaccine

May 21st 2021, 12:05 AM 27,866 Views 0 Comments

The claims about insurance cover were included in a video on Dolores Cahill’s Facebook page.

# debunked - Saturday 15 May, 2021

Debunked: No, Covid-19 vaccines didn't 'skip' or 'fail' animal trials
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, Covid-19 vaccines didn't 'skip' or 'fail' animal trials

May 15th 2021, 6:30 AM 17,351 Views 0 Comments

All four vaccines approved for use in Ireland have been tested on animals as well as humans.

# debunked - Friday 14 May, 2021

Debunked: Multiple claims on Instagram about vaccines, face masks and Covid-19 tests are false or misleading
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# Debunked

Debunked: Multiple claims on Instagram about vaccines, face masks and Covid-19 tests are false or misleading

May 14th 2021, 9:30 PM 29,267 Views 0 Comments

The claims have been made in recent weeks.

# debunked - Saturday 8 May, 2021

FactFind: Information on suspected reactions to Covid-19 vaccines isn't being hidden - here's how can you find it
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactFind: Information on suspected reactions to Covid-19 vaccines isn't being hidden - here's how can you find it

May 8th 2021, 6:00 PM 68,847 Views 0 Comments

A recent article in the Westmeath Topic, which was reshared by other users on social media, suggested that this information is being hidden.

'My body, my choice': How some Irish wellness Instagram accounts became a hotbed of Covid-19 misinformation
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

'My body, my choice': How some Irish wellness Instagram accounts became a hotbed of Covid-19 misinformation

May 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 89,026 Views 0 Comments

The platform is being used to spread false information about Covid-19 in novel ways,.

# debunked - Friday 7 May, 2021

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan's nephew was not awarded a bike hire contract in Offaly
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan's nephew was not awarded a bike hire contract in Offaly

May 7th 2021, 3:04 PM 11,362 Views 0 Comments

The misleading article was widely shared on social media before it was removed by Gript.

# debunked - Saturday 1 May, 2021

That photo of Matt Hancock holding a bad pint of Guinness is fake
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# Debunked

That photo of Matt Hancock holding a bad pint of Guinness is fake

May 1st 2021, 3:21 PM 100,293 Views 31 Comments

He wasn’t even drinking Guinness.

# debunked - Friday 30 April, 2021

FactCheck: Yes, Black people are disproportionately affected by fatal US police shootings
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: Yes, Black people are disproportionately affected by fatal US police shootings

Apr 30th 2021, 6:00 AM 17,503 Views 0 Comments

Black people are fatally shot by US police at a higher rate than white people relative to their proportion of the population.

# debunked - Wednesday 28 April, 2021

Debunked: Misleading post gives inaccurate reflection of Ireland's excess mortality during Covid-19 pandemic
# Covid-19 Facts
# Covid-19 Facts

Debunked: Misleading post gives inaccurate reflection of Ireland's excess mortality during Covid-19 pandemic

Apr 28th 2021, 6:30 PM 23,271 Views 0 Comments

The post has been seen more than 20,000 times on Facebook.

# debunked - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Debunked: No, Travellers were not protesting outside a Dublin Pfizer plant for access to the Covid-19 vaccine
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Travellers were not protesting outside a Dublin Pfizer plant for access to the Covid-19 vaccine

Apr 13th 2021, 7:58 PM 41,256 Views 0 Comments

The claim was circulated on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook this week.

# debunked - Thursday 25 March, 2021

FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'
# Zero Covid
# Zero Covid

FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'

Mar 25th 2021, 6:00 AM 25,041 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar was talking about the Zero Covid strategy and mandatory hotel quarantine.

# debunked - Friday 12 March, 2021

Factfind: Has Ireland experienced 'excess mortality' since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic?
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# Factfind

Factfind: Has Ireland experienced 'excess mortality' since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Mar 12th 2021, 6:00 AM 70,921 Views 0 Comments

Several posts on social media have tried to play down the need for lockdowns by pointing to excess deaths.

# debunked - Thursday 11 March, 2021

Debunked: No, all Direct Provision residents at Mosney are not receiving vaccine ahead of priority schedule
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, all Direct Provision residents at Mosney are not receiving vaccine ahead of priority schedule

Mar 11th 2021, 6:30 AM 12,608 Views 0 Comments

The HSE is still working through the first four cohorts in the sequencing list.

# debunked - Wednesday 3 March, 2021

Court hears man charged with firework offence at Dublin protest is currently on the PUP
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# Debunked

Court hears man charged with firework offence at Dublin protest is currently on the PUP

Mar 3rd 2021, 7:04 PM 7,183 Views 0 Comments

The court heard the accused had worked in a power-washing business but is currently in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

# debunked - Tuesday 2 March, 2021

FactCheck: Misleading Covid-19 claims in a leaflet made by three political parties
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

FactCheck: Misleading Covid-19 claims in a leaflet made by three political parties

Mar 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 76,433 Views 17 Comments

The leaflet was produced by Renua, the Irish Freedom Party and Direct Democracy Ireland.

# debunked - Friday 26 February, 2021

Debunked: No, People Before Profit has not organised a 'pro-lockdown' rally
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, People Before Profit has not organised a 'pro-lockdown' rally

Feb 26th 2021, 6:00 AM 13,847 Views 0 Comments

A false flyer advertising a pro-lockdown rally has been incorrectly attributed to People Before Profit and Le Chéile.

# debunked - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

FactFind: What are Covid-19 vaccines effective at preventing?
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# Factcheck

FactFind: What are Covid-19 vaccines effective at preventing?

Feb 24th 2021, 8:00 PM 20,049 Views 0 Comments

A social media post has drawn incorrect conclusions to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines are ineffective.

FactCheck: No, this photo of a massive crowd in Bucharest does not show a protest against Covid-19 restrictions
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, this photo of a massive crowd in Bucharest does not show a protest against Covid-19 restrictions

Feb 24th 2021, 4:48 PM 31,978 Views 0 Comments

Social media posts have falsely described a photo from Romania in 2017 as a recent anti-restrictions protest.

# debunked - Friday 19 February, 2021

FactCheck: Covid-19 claims shared on a LED display driven around a number of locations in Ireland are false
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# Debunked

FactCheck: Covid-19 claims shared on a LED display driven around a number of locations in Ireland are false

Feb 19th 2021, 12:05 AM 90,819 Views 0 Comments

Messages flashed on an LED display beside roads are spreading misinformation about Covid-19.

# debunked - Sunday 14 February, 2021

Debunked: No, an FOI request did not show that RTÉ 'took orders' from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, an FOI request did not show that RTÉ 'took orders' from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Feb 14th 2021, 7:30 AM 35,626 Views 0 Comments

A post on Facebook suggests that the broadcaster received money from a number of international groups.

# debunked - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

Debunked: Yes, the virus that causes Covid-19 has been isolated and photographed
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# Debunked

Debunked: Yes, the virus that causes Covid-19 has been isolated and photographed

Feb 9th 2021, 6:30 AM 41,916 Views 0 Comments

A post on Instagram claims that SARS-CoV-2 has never been isolated.

# debunked - Friday 5 February, 2021

Debunked: No, there wasn't a media blackout on Simon Coveney's official visit to Turkey last month
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, there wasn't a media blackout on Simon Coveney's official visit to Turkey last month

Feb 5th 2021, 6:45 AM 23,993 Views 0 Comments

It has been claimed that the media was told not to cover the minister’s trip last month.

# debunked - Tuesday 26 January, 2021

Debunked: No, a Wexford doctor's death was not related to the Covid-19 vaccine
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, a Wexford doctor's death was not related to the Covid-19 vaccine

Jan 26th 2021, 3:22 PM 36,545 Views 0 Comments

Dr Keshav Sharma died on 11 January.

# debunked - Saturday 23 January, 2021

FactCheck: No, the lack of hospitalisations from flu is not because cases are mistakenly being diagnosed as Covid-19
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, the lack of hospitalisations from flu is not because cases are mistakenly being diagnosed as Covid-19

Jan 23rd 2021, 12:05 AM 47,984 Views 0 Comments

The claim goes against what medical and scientific experts have observed in Ireland and other countries around the world.

# debunked - Thursday 14 January, 2021

Debunked: A comparison of deaths between January and October 2020 and other years is misleading
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# Debunked

Debunked: A comparison of deaths between January and October 2020 and other years is misleading

Jan 14th 2021, 6:10 AM 64,840 Views 0 Comments

The post incorrectly compares CSO data for ten months in 2020 with previous years.