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# factcheck - Thursday 15 October, 2020

FactCheck: Claim made in full-page Irish Times ad about Covid-19 deaths is false
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FactCheck: Claim made in full-page Irish Times ad about Covid-19 deaths is false

Oct 15th 2020, 9:16 PM 204,046 Views 0 Comments

The ad calls for an alternative approach to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

# factcheck - Friday 2 October, 2020

FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading
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# Debunked

FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading

Oct 2nd 2020, 12:01 AM 83,967 Views 90 Comments

The leaflet was distributed in the name of Anti-Corruption Ireland, an anti-government group.

# factcheck - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

FactFind: Are Fine Gael's claims about Sinn Féin in a video published on social media accurate?
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FactFind: Are Fine Gael's claims about Sinn Féin in a video published on social media accurate?

Sep 30th 2020, 12:05 AM 55,342 Views 91 Comments

The video on Twitter and Facebook accused Sinn Féin of being “two-faced and hypocritical”. But were the claims in it correct?

# factcheck - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Debunked: No, this photo does not show a skip filled with food waste from Dublin restaurants which were forced to close
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Debunked: No, this photo does not show a skip filled with food waste from Dublin restaurants which were forced to close

Sep 29th 2020, 7:15 PM 4,312 Views 2 Comments

The photo has been shared on social media in recent days – but it was actually taken in England five years ago.

# factcheck - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Debunked: No, Smyths Toys is not closing its doors and going 'online only' in the run up to Christmas
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Debunked: No, Smyths Toys is not closing its doors and going 'online only' in the run up to Christmas

Sep 23rd 2020, 3:34 PM 40,000 Views 28 Comments

Several claims online say the store is to stop retail sales from next week.

# factcheck - Thursday 17 September, 2020

Debunked: No, Paul Murphy isn't recruiting and training actors to attend protests
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Debunked: No, Paul Murphy isn't recruiting and training actors to attend protests

Sep 17th 2020, 6:15 AM 30,426 Views 43 Comments

The fake advertisement was shared on social media following protests in Dublin at the weekend.

# factcheck - Friday 11 September, 2020

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July

Sep 11th 2020, 5:40 PM 56,221 Views 22 Comments

The figures in question refer to the number of deaths registered for that month so far, not the total number of people who died.

Debunked: No, countries were not exporting Covid-19 test kits in 2017
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, countries were not exporting Covid-19 test kits in 2017

Sep 11th 2020, 6:10 AM 13,683 Views 12 Comments

It’s been claimed that the World Bank was recording exports of Covid-19 tests up to three years ago.

# factcheck - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

Debunked: The claims in this Facebook video about suicide figures and number of Covid deaths in Ireland are inaccurate
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# Factcheck

Debunked: The claims in this Facebook video about suicide figures and number of Covid deaths in Ireland are inaccurate

Sep 8th 2020, 8:23 PM 8,765 Views 14 Comments

In the video, Ben Gilroy makes a number of false and misleading claims about coronavirus and suicide in Ireland.

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland

Sep 8th 2020, 4:08 PM 155,908 Views 150 Comments

A widely shared Facebook video incorrectly claims that 100 people, not 1,777, have died from the virus in Ireland.

# factcheck - Friday 4 September, 2020

FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true?
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FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true?

Sep 4th 2020, 12:05 AM 127,859 Views 61 Comments

The claim has spread widely on Facebook and Twitter and has caused significant distress.

# factcheck - Thursday 3 September, 2020

FactCheck: No, Eamon Ryan did not fall asleep in the Dáil chamber again
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, Eamon Ryan did not fall asleep in the Dáil chamber again

Sep 3rd 2020, 10:43 PM 80,506 Views 60 Comments

The Green Party leader has come in for criticism after a new clip appears to show him nodding off again.

Debunked: No, council staff have not been banned from entering a flats complex in Dublin because of Covid
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, council staff have not been banned from entering a flats complex in Dublin because of Covid

Sep 3rd 2020, 4:57 PM 33,759 Views 7 Comments

The claim, which is being shared in a voice memo on WhatsApp, is not true.

# factcheck - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

FactCheck: No, Leo Varadkar did not say he supports forced vaccination against Covid-19
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FactCheck: No, Leo Varadkar did not say he supports forced vaccination against Covid-19

Sep 1st 2020, 3:50 PM 817 Views 0 Comments

A clip from a speech Varadkar made at the Global Vaccine Summit has been used to claim he said he supports forced vaccination for everyone in Ireland.

FactCheck: Does this photo show a protest against Covid-19 restrictions in South Korea?
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FactCheck: Does this photo show a protest against Covid-19 restrictions in South Korea?

Sep 1st 2020, 1:08 PM 508 Views 0 Comments

Posts on social media have represented anti-government protests in Seoul as anti-coronavirus restrictions.

# factcheck - Friday 28 August, 2020

Debunked: Three false claims about Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman
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# Debunked

Debunked: Three false claims about Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman

Aug 28th 2020, 4:25 PM 1,180 Views 0 Comments

An image containing three misleading claims about the Green Party TD has been circulating online.

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%
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# Debunk

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%

Aug 28th 2020, 3:52 PM 1,532 Views 0 Comments

Variations of the same post have been widely shared on Facebook.

Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine

Aug 28th 2020, 2:44 PM 16,054 Views 21 Comments

Children aged two to 12 years can get the flu jab for free this year, but it’s not compulsory.

Debunked: No, 'Covid-19 sensors' have not been 'inserted secretly into every phone'
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Debunked: No, 'Covid-19 sensors' have not been 'inserted secretly into every phone'

Aug 28th 2020, 2:34 PM 470 Views 0 Comments

The post is part of a category of conspiracies that has targeted contact tracing apps launched to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Debunked: No, parents will not receive a consent form to let schools make medical decisions for children
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, parents will not receive a consent form to let schools make medical decisions for children

Aug 28th 2020, 2:21 PM 13,375 Views 14 Comments

The claim was widely shared on Facebook.

# factcheck - Thursday 27 August, 2020

FactCheck: No, Clones' High Cross is not being moved 'because of Muslims'
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FactCheck: No, Clones' High Cross is not being moved 'because of Muslims'

Aug 27th 2020, 6:21 PM 1,559 Views 0 Comments

False claims on social media have suggested that Monaghan County Council is moving the cross to appease the Muslim community.

# factcheck - Sunday 23 August, 2020

Debunked: No, wearing a face mask does not 'disrupt pH levels' and increase cancer risk
# Carbon Dioxide
# Carbon Dioxide

Debunked: No, wearing a face mask does not 'disrupt pH levels' and increase cancer risk

Aug 23rd 2020, 12:05 AM 36,703 Views 136 Comments

A widely shared Facebook post incorrectly claims that wearing a mask causes people to breathe in their own carbon dioxide.

# factcheck - Sunday 16 August, 2020

Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news?
# Echo Chamber
# Echo Chamber

Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news?

Aug 16th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,493 Views 63 Comments

Misinformation has never been more widely shared in Ireland than during the Covid-19 pandemic.

# factcheck - Friday 14 August, 2020

Debunk: No, the first UK volunteer in a Covid-19 vaccine trial has not died
# Elisa Granato
# Elisa Granato

Debunk: No, the first UK volunteer in a Covid-19 vaccine trial has not died

Aug 14th 2020, 12:48 PM 28,764 Views 28 Comments

Elisa Granato was one of the first volunteers in a Covid-19 vaccine trial in the UK – and she’s alive and well.

# factcheck - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Debunked: No, you will not receive a €1,000 reward from Gardaí for reporting house parties
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, you will not receive a €1,000 reward from Gardaí for reporting house parties

Aug 11th 2020, 6:00 AM 37,771 Views 26 Comments

A poster in Dublin claims that Gardaí will reward members of the public if they report house parties.

# factcheck - Saturday 8 August, 2020

Debunked: No, you cannot catch Legionnaires' disease or pleurisy from wearing a face covering
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, you cannot catch Legionnaires' disease or pleurisy from wearing a face covering

Aug 8th 2020, 12:05 AM 37,032 Views 78 Comments

There have been fewer cases of legionella infection in Ireland this year compared to last year.

# factcheck - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan did not call Peter Tatchell a 'green legend and tireless LGBT campaigner'
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan did not call Peter Tatchell a 'green legend and tireless LGBT campaigner'

Aug 5th 2020, 8:30 PM 18,525 Views 14 Comments

A false tweet from the Green Party leader claims he said he was “excited to meet” Tatchell two years ago.

# factcheck - Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Factcheck: Are dognappers marking targets with stickers on ESB pillars?
# In The Doghouse
# In The Doghouse

Factcheck: Are dognappers marking targets with stickers on ESB pillars?

Aug 4th 2020, 7:30 PM 61,358 Views 37 Comments

Social media users have claimed that dog thieves are using stickers on ESB mini pillars to mark houses where dogs will be stolen.

# factcheck - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Debunked: The conspiracy theories around the so-called Hollywood drug adrenochrome
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# Debunked

Debunked: The conspiracy theories around the so-called Hollywood drug adrenochrome

Jul 29th 2020, 5:16 PM 342,455 Views 0 Comments

Theories claim adrenochrome is harvested from children in a trafficking ring.

# factcheck - Sunday 26 July, 2020

FactCheck: Will children be taught how to masturbate as part of their education from September?
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FactCheck: Will children be taught how to masturbate as part of their education from September?

Jul 26th 2020, 12:05 AM 94,334 Views 94 Comments

The claim had been made by social media users.

# factcheck - Friday 24 July, 2020

Debunked: No, the HSE has not banned a Covid-19 treatment in order to later 'push' a vaccine
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Debunked: No, the HSE has not banned a Covid-19 treatment in order to later 'push' a vaccine

Jul 24th 2020, 10:00 PM 19,839 Views 31 Comments

A widely shared Facebook post incorrectly claims that medications which ‘cure’ the virus have been banned in Ireland.

FactCheck: Have 'only 8 people' under 65 died from Covid-19 in Ireland?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

FactCheck: Have 'only 8 people' under 65 died from Covid-19 in Ireland?

Jul 24th 2020, 7:30 PM 106,095 Views 93 Comments

This claim has been shared frequently in the past week – but it is misleading at best.

FactCheck: Can a common cold cause a positive Covid-19 test?
# Cold Case
# Cold Case

FactCheck: Can a common cold cause a positive Covid-19 test?

Jul 24th 2020, 4:17 PM 148,767 Views 25 Comments

A claim that started in the US, which suggests that a case of cold or flu, or a previous vaccine against them, can give a positive Covid-19 test result, has reached Ireland.

FactCheck: No, this photo does not show Obama visiting a Wuhan lab in 2015 to give millions to a 'bat project'
# Bat An Eye
# Bat An Eye

FactCheck: No, this photo does not show Obama visiting a Wuhan lab in 2015 to give millions to a 'bat project'

Jul 24th 2020, 6:00 AM 27,904 Views 34 Comments

A photograph of Obama in Maryland has been falsely attributed to a laboratory in Wuhan.

# factcheck - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

FactCheck: Did a Belfast bank post a notice describing balaclavas as 'unsuitable' face coverings?
# Natwest
# Natwest

FactCheck: Did a Belfast bank post a notice describing balaclavas as 'unsuitable' face coverings?

Jul 21st 2020, 1:00 PM 40,674 Views 27 Comments

A tweet sharing a photo of a notice at a NatWest branch suggests that the notice was displayed in Belfast.

# factcheck - Friday 17 July, 2020

Debunked: No, pressing ‘cancel’ twice on an ATM won’t prevent your PIN from being stolen
# ATM SCAM
# ATM SCAM

Debunked: No, pressing ‘cancel’ twice on an ATM won’t prevent your PIN from being stolen

Jul 17th 2020, 1:51 PM 22,767 Views 19 Comments

The false safety tip has been shared over 19,000 times on Facebook.

# factcheck - Wednesday 15 July, 2020

FactCheck: No, Croke Park will not be used for animal slaughter during Eid Al Adha
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, Croke Park will not be used for animal slaughter during Eid Al Adha

Jul 15th 2020, 5:22 PM 26,352 Views 74 Comments

The claim was made by TheLiberal.ie ahead of Eid Al Adha celebrations in Croke Park this summer.

# factcheck - Monday 6 July, 2020

WATCH: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
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# Zoom Webinar

WATCH: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Jul 6th 2020, 6:00 PM 12,715 Views 9 Comments

A panel of experts explore one of the major ways the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives.

# factcheck - Friday 3 July, 2020

FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland

Updated Jul 3rd 2020, 10:55 AM 87,107 Views 101 Comments

A Hiqa report has noted a 13% increase in deaths in Ireland during the pandemic.

# factcheck - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
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# EP Webinar

Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Jul 2nd 2020, 6:45 PM 34,090 Views 0 Comments

Join TheJournal.ie and a panel of experts tomorrow to explore another way the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives.