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# debunked
Debunked: No, images of refugees do not show there were 'just men' on planes leaving Afghanistan
Social media posts have falsely described a photo from Turkey in 2018 as a flight leaving Afghanistan in recent days.
# factcheck
Debunked: No evidence to support claim that 100 people a day attending CUH due to vaccine side-effects
The claim has been labelled “entirely spurious” by the Clinical Lead of the hospital’s Emergency Department.
# debunked
Debunked: No, the media has not been told when future Covid-19 variants will be 'released'
The list of Covid variant ‘launch dates’ contained in the Instagram post is also inaccurate.
# debunked
Debunked: No, the World Economic Forum did not suggest reducing the age of consent to 13
Some social media users suggested that the satirical post was legitimate.
# France
Debunked: Photo shows World Cup celebrations, not an anti-vaccine pass protest in Paris
Social media posts have falsely described a photo from France in 2018 as a recent anti-restrictions protest.
# debunked
Debunked: No, the government can't vaccinate the children of unmarried parents 'by decree'
Legal experts said the claim is a complete misrepresentation of the law.
# rollout
FactFind: Is Ireland leading the EU vaccine race?
A tweet by the Taoiseach lacked some context on exactly how well Ireland is performing.
# factcheck
Debunked: A claim that Australian students were 'accidentally' vaccinated is missing context
An “error” led to around 160 students receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine,.
# debunked
Debunked: No, 82% of women vaccinated against Covid-19 in the first third of pregnancy don't miscarry
The claim has circulated widely on social media in recent weeks.
# factcheck
Debunked: Misleading Covid vaccine claims in Dolores Cahill's by-election leaflet
Cahill ran in the DBS by-election held earlier this week.
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.
FactCheck: Are RNA Covid-19 vaccines actually responsible for 'genetic manipulation'?
FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland
# debunked
Debunked: A claim which describes 'major concerns' about the AstraZeneca vaccine is misleading
The claim has been shared on Facebook.
# 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.
# covid-19 facts
FactCheck: No, a Covid-19 vaccine will not make your arm magnetic
The claim has been shared widely online.
# debunked
Debunked: No, EU and US databases do not show that thousands of people have died from Covid-19 vaccines
Claims which rely on the EudraVigilance and VAERS databases are often misleading.
# covid restrictions
FactCheck: Is Ireland one of the only countries in Europe without indoor dining?
The claim was first made last Friday. The Journal FactCheck finds it to be true.
# debunk
Debunked: No, you won't develop skin cancer from wearing sunglasses
A social media claim is wrongly saying that sunglasses are harmful.
# debunked
FactCheck: No, these claims in an anti-mask leaflet delivered to homes aren't true
A leaflet by Anti-Corruption Ireland contains a list of false statements about masks and their effectiveness.
# debunked
Debunked: Yes, coronavirus antibodies protect against 'infection of the lung'
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.
# debunk
Debunked: No, the army hasn't been drafted in to 'forcibly' vaccinate prisoners
Vaccines are being rolled out on a prison-by-prison basis and jabs are administered by National Ambulance Service staff.
'A distorted perspective': How anti-lockdown groups are using data to downplay the impact of Covid-19
A report by
Lauren Boland
Lauren Boland looks at the use of official statistics by anti-lockdown accounts.
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
Debunked: Claims by an ex-Pfizer employee about Covid-19 and vaccines are false and misleading
Mike Yeadon is regularly cited by anti-lockdown groups.
# debunked
Debunked: Messages shared on WhatsApp claim that scammers are calling people with their HSE data
Different versions of the message have appeared in recent days.
# factcheck
FactCheck: No, insurance policies aren't 'null and void' if you receive a Covid-19 vaccine
The claims about insurance cover were included in a video on Dolores Cahill’s Facebook page.
# covid19 facts
Debunked: No, Covid-19 vaccines didn't 'skip' or 'fail' animal trials
All four vaccines approved for use in Ireland have been tested on animals as well as humans.
# debunked
Debunked: Multiple claims on Instagram about vaccines, face masks and Covid-19 tests are false or misleading
The claims have been made in recent weeks.
# factcheck
FactFind: Information on suspected reactions to Covid-19 vaccines isn't being hidden - here's how can you find it
A recent article in the Westmeath Topic, which was reshared by other users on social media, suggested that this information is being hidden.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan's nephew was not awarded a bike hire contract in Offaly
The misleading article was widely shared on social media before it was removed by Gript.
# Mental Health
FactCheck: No, Darkness into Light is not cancelled, despite claims by anti-lockdown activists
The annual fundraiser by Pieta House is going ahead this weekend, despite anti-lockdown activists announcing an alternative event for that date.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Yes, Black people are disproportionately affected by fatal US police shootings
Black people are fatally shot by US police at a higher rate than white people relative to their proportion of the population.
# covid-19 facts
Debunked: Misleading post gives inaccurate reflection of Ireland's excess mortality during Covid-19 pandemic
The post has been seen more than 20,000 times on Facebook.
# covid19 facts
Debunked: No, Professor Luke O'Neill didn't refuse a Covid vaccine because he 'didn't want' one
O’Neill has said he will take any vaccine offered to him – when he is eligible for one.
# Podcast
The Explainer: From influencers to QAnon - how misinformation changed in Ireland over the past year
From WhatsApp messages to conspiracy theories, we explore how misinformation has evolved over the last 12 months.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, Travellers were not protesting outside a Dublin Pfizer plant for access to the Covid-19 vaccine
The claim was circulated on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook this week.
# zero covid
FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'
Leo Varadkar was talking about the Zero Covid strategy and mandatory hotel quarantine.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is the medication ivermectin an alternative to Covid-19 vaccines?
A lot of studies are being carried out into whether the anti-parasitic drug could be used to treat Covid-19.
# factfind
Factfind: Has Ireland experienced 'excess mortality' since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic?
Several posts on social media have tried to play down the need for lockdowns by pointing to excess deaths.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, all Direct Provision residents at Mosney are not receiving vaccine ahead of priority schedule
The HSE is still working through the first four cohorts in the sequencing list.
# Coronavirus
FactCheck: Misleading Covid-19 claims in a leaflet made by three political parties
The leaflet was produced by Renua, the Irish Freedom Party and Direct Democracy Ireland.
# factfind
Factfind: Does the WHO 'not recommend' using rapid Covid tests in schools, as Norma Foley claimed?
Unions have called for regular rapid testing as part of the re-opening of schools next month.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, People Before Profit has not organised a 'pro-lockdown' rally
A false flyer advertising a pro-lockdown rally has been incorrectly attributed to People Before Profit and Le Chéile.