Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Friday 27 January 2023 Dublin: 1°C

# Fact check

Last year
# Meath
FactFind: Is Navan the largest town in the country without a rail line?
Meath’s county town was promised a rail connection in 2005 but there’s still no delivery date.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is the protocol stopping Jewish people in the North from practising their religion?
The claim was made by former Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis.
# debunked
Debunked: No, this photo of a ship in the Antarctic does not prove that the Earth is flat
An image on social media purports to show proof of a flat Earth.
All time
# debunk
Debunk: How did Omicron get to Australia if no one is allowed in or out?
Hint: They are. The variant was first detected from passengers arriving in Australia from abroad.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, the Covid-19 vaccine figures don't include missed appointments
An independent TD claimed that the official vaccine figures refer to the number of appointments made rather than doses administered.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, this is not a photo of a man attacked by George Nkencho
An image being shared on social media is actually of an Everton football fan attacked in 2019.
# elf and safety
FactFind: How has Santa amended his Christmas preparations to cope with the pandemic?
We’re assured not even a pandemic can quench the magic of Christmas.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, Paul Murphy isn't recruiting and training actors to attend protests
The fake advertisement was shared on social media following protests in Dublin at the weekend.
# debunk
Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%
Variations of the same post have been widely shared on Facebook.
# debunked
Debunked: No, Ireland's golf courses did not reopen on Saturday
A letter claiming to be from Golf Union Ireland stated golf courses were set to reopen on 2 May.
# covid19 facts
Debunked: No, there wasn't a vaccine for Covid-19 back in 2001
A piece of misinformation being shared widely claims that a vaccine existed 19 years ago. This is untrue.
# Donald Trump
Debunked: No, Donald Trump didn't tweet he'd 'never let thousands die' in a pandemic back in 2009
The US President says lots of things. But he didn’t say this.
# Coronavirus
Debunked: No, Queen Elizabeth's coronavirus speech was not recorded on 5 March
A post on Facebook claiming that Queen Elizabeth’s speech regarding the coronavirus outbreak is untrue.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, Queen Elizabeth has not been diagnosed with coronavirus
A post on Instagram claiming that Queen Elizabeth has coronavirus is untrue.
# covid-19 facts
Debunked: No, this 'very urgent' message telling you that your bank details can be robbed by making a phone call isn't true
The latest WhatsApp message doing the rounds is debunked here.
# missile attacks
FactCheck: Does this image show an Iranian ballistic missile launch?
Iran launched missile attacks on military bases housing US troops last night – but was this one of the missiles?
# Christmas time
Explainer: How does Santa get all the toys made in time for Christmas?
Just how does he do it? It takes an awful lot of hard work.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Nuala O'Loan corrects claim made on Morning Ireland that 90% of abortions a result of morning after pill
The former NI Police Ombudsman made the comments in a Morning Ireland interview yesterday.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Did Nigel Farage coin the phrase ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’?
Nigel Farage has claimed that he used the phase repeatedly during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.
# Fact check
FactCheck: Did Michael Healy-Rae ask a question at yesterday's Oireachtas Sports Committee?
The Kerry TD has been criticised for his contribution to the committee yesterday.
# Christmas Cheer
FactCheck: Do all children's letters reach Santa before Christmas Eve?
He’s making a list, and checking it twice.
# Zero Tolerance
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?
# all the facts
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.
# debunked
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.
# changing tack
'I won't be running a similar campaign' - Minister drops 'Welfare Cheats' approach, but says €500m fraud figure 'absolutely accurate'
“It’s difficult to say in hindsight whether I would have run such a campaign or not,” says Minister Regina Doherty.
# factcheck
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.
# Homeless
FactCheck: Are there more homeless people in Ireland now than at any time since the Famine?
Ireland is in the middle of a housing crisis, but are homeless numbers the highest they’ve ever been?
# Numbers
Analysis: Do the statistics back up Joe Schmidt's rebuke about Ireland's attack?
The Ireland head coach was frustrated with suggestions his side play an attritional game.
# just the facts
Get checked: How a team of five people is factchecking the truth about Northern Ireland
A new project called FactCheckNI is aiming to find out the truth behind claims about Northern Ireland.
# GE16 Fact Check
FactCheck: How many social housing units were actually built last year?’s GE16 FactCheck examines some confusing and contradictory claims about social housing.
# Shinnernomics
Is Sinn Féin really proposing a 73 per cent tax rate?
The opposition party has come under attack for its budget proposals this week.