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Debunk: Turf is not an ‘agricultural crop’; burning it is polluting and unhealthy
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Debunk: Turf is not an ‘agricultural crop’; burning it is polluting and unhealthy

4 hours ago 10,781 Views 0 Comments

It can take 1,000 years for a metre of peat to form.

# factcheck - Last week 20th November 2022 - 26th November 2022

Fact Check: Do emissions from making electric cars mean they are not ‘green’?
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Fact Check: Do emissions from making electric cars mean they are not ‘green’?

Thu 2:27 PM 20,595 Views 0 Comments

Tesla has been criticised over the mining needed to make their batteries.

FactCheck: Is the State the ‘biggest player in housing’?
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FactCheck: Is the State the ‘biggest player in housing’?

Nov 22nd 2022, 6:00 AM 11,617 Views 0 Comments

The Taoiseach made this claim multiple times in the Dáil since 2021

# factcheck - This month November 2022

FactCheck: Iranian protesters have been arrested & killed, but 15,000 aren't sentenced to death
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FactCheck: Iranian protesters have been arrested & killed, but 15,000 aren't sentenced to death

Nov 16th 2022, 2:12 PM 10,012 Views 0 Comments

Justin Trudeau helped spread the claim, but later deleted his tweet.

Debunk: No, it isn’t true that vaccines have little effect on COVID-19 transmission
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Debunk: No, it isn’t true that vaccines have little effect on COVID-19 transmission

Nov 14th 2022, 3:33 PM 4,815 Views 0 Comments

Piers Morgan’s claim is contradicted by numerous studies

Debunk: No, these maps don't show large areas of Irish cities that 'could be underwater’ by 2050
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Debunk: No, these maps don't show large areas of Irish cities that 'could be underwater’ by 2050

Nov 11th 2022, 5:21 PM 34,568 Views 0 Comments

While the ‘stark images’ are alarming, they depict something else.

Debunked: Five common climate myths and why they're wrong
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Debunked: Five common climate myths and why they're wrong

Nov 6th 2022, 12:05 AM 24,632 Views 0 Comments

As COP27 climate summit begins in Egypt, here are the facts on climate change.

Debunked: No, the NI Protocol has not impacted on heart surgeries in Northern Ireland
# Northern Ireland Protocol
# Northern Ireland Protocol

Debunked: No, the NI Protocol has not impacted on heart surgeries in Northern Ireland

Nov 2nd 2022, 6:41 PM 15,257 Views 0 Comments

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has said the Protocol is responsible for delays to cardiac services.

# factcheck - Last month October 2022

FactFind: How much does it cost the State to train a doctor in Ireland?
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FactFind: How much does it cost the State to train a doctor in Ireland?

Oct 22nd 2022, 9:00 PM 29,644 Views 0 Comments

Figures cited online range can vary by hundreds of thousands

Debunked: Article saying Sinn Féin should apologise for the 1916 Rising was doctored
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Debunked: Article saying Sinn Féin should apologise for the 1916 Rising was doctored

Oct 18th 2022, 4:11 PM 12,858 Views 0 Comments

A fake article by “W Brittan” called the Easter Rising an “unprovoked attack”.

Debunked: World Economic Forum did not say Covid lockdowns were test for ‘social-credit scheme’
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Debunked: World Economic Forum did not say Covid lockdowns were test for ‘social-credit scheme’

Oct 5th 2022, 2:47 PM 5,457 Views 0 Comments

Irish social media users shared a headline from a fake news site

# factcheck - September September 2022

Debunked: No, excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not down to natural causes
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Debunked: No, excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not down to natural causes

Sep 29th 2022, 12:23 PM 2,496 Views 0 Comments

Spurious claims were made by an Australian climate change denier

FactCheck: Is the renters' €500 tax credit just worth seven days' rent in Dublin?
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FactCheck: Is the renters' €500 tax credit just worth seven days' rent in Dublin?

Sep 28th 2022, 3:51 PM 14,672 Views 0 Comments

The claim was made by a housing charity after the budget was announced.

Debunked: Protesters outside Russian embassy in Dublin were not chanting Nazi slogans
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Debunked: Protesters outside Russian embassy in Dublin were not chanting Nazi slogans

Sep 22nd 2022, 4:39 PM 4,864 Views 0 Comments

Putin claimed his invasion was to ‘de-nazify’ Ukraine

Debunked: No, 35km queues of traffic have not formed at the Russia-Finland border
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Debunked: No, 35km queues of traffic have not formed at the Russia-Finland border

Sep 21st 2022, 9:25 PM 37,140 Views 0 Comments

The videos posted on social media are not of the current situation on the border.

Debunked: Climate change is real - it is not a 'hoax' or a 'scam' designed to control people
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Debunked: Climate change is real - it is not a 'hoax' or a 'scam' designed to control people

Sep 19th 2022, 4:05 PM 1,828 Views 0 Comments

Claims on social media suggest that climate change is made up.

FactFind: How many current TDs own houses that they rent out?
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FactFind: How many current TDs own houses that they rent out?

Sep 17th 2022, 12:05 AM 40,115 Views 0 Comments
  • There are 160 TDs in the Dáil - but it isn't entirely straightforward to find out which of them also derive an income from renting houses.
  • An analysis by The Journal sought to find out, using the Dáil register of interests and by contacting individual TDs.
Debunked: Tony Cascarino did not throw his takeaway in the bin and other fake queen claims
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Debunked: Tony Cascarino did not throw his takeaway in the bin and other fake queen claims

Sep 9th 2022, 6:14 PM 38,692 Views 0 Comments

There were no Irish dancers at Buckingham Palace either.

Debunked: Teacher wasn't jailed over pronouns, but for breaking a court order by going to school
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Debunked: Teacher wasn't jailed over pronouns, but for breaking a court order by going to school

Sep 8th 2022, 2:53 PM 7,744 Views 0 Comments

Burke was sent to Mountjoy Prison this week.

Debunked: A quote by Yuval Noah Harari that technology will 'replace people' is missing context
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Debunked: A quote by Yuval Noah Harari that technology will 'replace people' is missing context

Sep 2nd 2022, 11:32 AM 4,879 Views 0 Comments

An image containing the quote has gone viral on social media.

# factcheck - August August 2022

FactCheck: Sign up to The Journal's monthly newsletter about misinformation trends
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# Newsletter

FactCheck: Sign up to The Journal's monthly newsletter about misinformation trends

Aug 30th 2022, 8:00 PM 6,266 Views 3 Comments

See how we’re fighting back with quality information every month – and what’s happening in the wider world of disinformation.

Debunked: Figures on Covid-19 deaths and underlying conditions have been taken out of context
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Debunked: Figures on Covid-19 deaths and underlying conditions have been taken out of context

Aug 28th 2022, 7:00 AM 22,413 Views 0 Comments

Covid sceptics are misinterpreting CSO data to make inaccurate claims.

Debunked: Yes, cows are a 'problem' when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions
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Debunked: Yes, cows are a 'problem' when it comes to cutting greenhouse gas emissions

Aug 19th 2022, 4:06 PM 38,706 Views 13 Comments

Two Facebook posts said cows are “not the problem” compared to emitting activities like flying.

Debunked: It is misleading to claim that 30-degree heat is 'normal' during an Irish summer
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Debunked: It is misleading to claim that 30-degree heat is 'normal' during an Irish summer

Aug 13th 2022, 1:00 PM 27,528 Views 0 Comments

Social media users suggest that climate change has been exaggerated in recent weather reports.

Debunked: A claim that the UN accused Ukrainian forces of using 'human shields' is missing context
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Debunked: A claim that the UN accused Ukrainian forces of using 'human shields' is missing context

Aug 12th 2022, 3:39 PM 11,017 Views 0 Comments

The use of human shields breaches international human rights law.

Debunked: No, The Journal didn't report a man's death from monkeypox after his 'parachute failed'
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Debunked: No, The Journal didn't report a man's death from monkeypox after his 'parachute failed'

Aug 9th 2022, 2:10 PM 2,098 Views 0 Comments

An image featuring The Journal’s logo has been manipulated.

Debunked: No, The Journal did not report that monkeypox lives on toilets for 120 years
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Debunked: No, The Journal did not report that monkeypox lives on toilets for 120 years

Aug 9th 2022, 8:46 AM 1,000 Views 0 Comments

The article has been photoshopped and the claim is fake.

# factcheck - July July 2022

Debunked: Is it potentially dangerous to give dogs ice during high temperatures?
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Debunked: Is it potentially dangerous to give dogs ice during high temperatures?

Jul 28th 2022, 7:45 AM 3,587 Views 0 Comments

A viral post shared thousands of times during the heatwave warned against giving K9s ice, but is it true?

FactFind: Are Irish farmers the 'most carbon-efficient food producers in the world'?
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FactFind: Are Irish farmers the 'most carbon-efficient food producers in the world'?

Jul 24th 2022, 3:12 PM 30,812 Views 32 Comments

A number of politicians including the Taoiseach mentioned Irish beef and dairy’s carbon efficiency this week. But what does this mean?

FactFind: Is Navan the largest town in the country without a rail line?
# Meath
# Meath

FactFind: Is Navan the largest town in the country without a rail line?

Jul 23rd 2022, 7:30 AM 32,207 Views 25 Comments

Meath’s county town was promised a rail connection in 2005 but there’s still no delivery date.

FactFind: How have other countries regulated Airbnb and what happened when they did?
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FactFind: How have other countries regulated Airbnb and what happened when they did?

Jul 20th 2022, 8:00 PM 21,443 Views 0 Comments

Cities have successfully passed laws restricting Airbnb but it hasn’t always led to more houses and lower rents

Debunked: A drone image of lightning striking the Poolbeg towers has been digitally altered
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Debunked: A drone image of lightning striking the Poolbeg towers has been digitally altered

Jul 20th 2022, 12:26 PM 59,531 Views 0 Comments

The chimney stacks were hit by lightning yesterday, but this widely shared image has been doctored.

FactCheck: Is the protocol stopping Jewish people in the North from practising their religion?
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FactCheck: Is the protocol stopping Jewish people in the North from practising their religion?

Jul 17th 2022, 7:30 AM 20,800 Views 0 Comments

The claim was made by former Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis.

Debunked: TikTok videos touting unproven and potentially dangerous 'herbal abortion' methods
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Debunked: TikTok videos touting unproven and potentially dangerous 'herbal abortion' methods

Jul 11th 2022, 12:05 AM 14,425 Views 0 Comments
  • Clips circulating on TikTok recently have suggested how women can terminate their own pregnancies, Brianna Parkins writes.
  • Many videos have cited the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade last month.
  • Medical experts have warned against using such methods because they are possibly dangerous and there is no evidence to support them.
FactCheck: Are there 16 vacant homes for every homeless person in Ireland?
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FactCheck: Are there 16 vacant homes for every homeless person in Ireland?

Jul 2nd 2022, 9:00 PM 31,296 Views 0 Comments

The claim was made by Cian O’Callaghan last week.

Debunked: The pain from a kick in the testicles is not the same as giving birth to 160 children at once
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Debunked: The pain from a kick in the testicles is not the same as giving birth to 160 children at once

Jul 1st 2022, 12:00 PM 51,361 Views 0 Comments

It might be painful but there is no evidence to support the claim.

# factcheck - June June 2022

Debunked: No, the UN did not warn of '500 million refugees on their way from Africa to Europe'
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Debunked: No, the UN did not warn of '500 million refugees on their way from Africa to Europe'

Jun 27th 2022, 2:58 PM 11,855 Views 0 Comments

The UN Refugee Agency said it never issued such a statement and it warned of the damage disinformation can do.

Debunk: No, this photo doesn’t show a ‘bloody’ eucharist at a Mayo church
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# Aghamore

Debunk: No, this photo doesn’t show a ‘bloody’ eucharist at a Mayo church

Jun 24th 2022, 6:00 PM 57,196 Views 0 Comments

However, a local priest says an incident is being investigated by Church authorities.

FactFind: Has the Irish Government done 'a lot more' than the UK to reduce the cost of living?
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FactFind: Has the Irish Government done 'a lot more' than the UK to reduce the cost of living?

Jun 6th 2022, 12:05 AM 37,260 Views 0 Comments
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar made the claim last month - so we’ve decided to see whether Ireland has actually done more than the UK.
  • Varadkar said Ireland is "ahead of what’s being done in the United Kingdom” when comparing “like with like”.
Debunked: Video game footage misleadingly re-packaged as footage from the war in Ukraine
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Debunked: Video game footage misleadingly re-packaged as footage from the war in Ukraine

Jun 3rd 2022, 1:34 PM 18,053 Views 0 Comments

Fake footage from the game Arma 3 has been doing the rounds.

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