CLAIM: There was a rock fall on the Antrim coast road on 9 August 2017. CONCLUSION: False. The image is a cropped version of one published in a local American newspaper, reporting on a rock fall that took place in Lawrence County, Ohio, on 10...
CLAIM: 77% of working mothers endure some kind of discrimination. CONCLUSION: The claim is misleading. It is correct for mothers in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) but the statistic stated on BBC Radio Ulster does not apply to women...
CLAIM: Low childcare provision contributes to low levels of female employment in Northern Ireland. CONCLUSION: The claim may be misleading. While childcare provision is more limited in Northern Ireland than in Great Britain, and female employment...
CLAIM: Northern Ireland were once net contributors of revenue to HM Treasury. CONCLUSION: True, up until the 1930s. But data show that Northern Ireland has run a fiscal deficit since 1966. The most recent figure, from 2013-14, is a subvention of...
CLAIM: A customs frontier between Ireland and Northern Ireland land border is unavoidable in the event of a United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union. CONCLUSION: There is no non-EU member state that currently has a customs-free border...
CLAIM: The number of Catholics and Protestants in the workforce in Northern Ireland is at 50-50. CONCLUSION: Recent data show a marked increase of Catholics in the workforce, to nearly as many of Protestants. However, the margin of error in the...
CLAIM: The 'NI Our Time, Our Place' campaign in 2012 helped to attract 1,000,000 visitors to Northern Ireland and brought £40 million to the local economy. CONCLUSION: This claim relies on a report by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, without...
CLAIM: In 2015, nearly 1% of employees were not paid minimum wage. CONCLUSION: This claim can be substantiated by numerous government surveys and reports. There has been further investigation by organisations in the United Kingdom to determine...
CLAIM: 21% of people in Northern Ireland are living with a long-term health problem or disability. CONCLUSION: Dr Michael Wardlow accurately presented the percentage of Northern Ireland residents who are affected by an illness or disability...
CLAIM: Northern Ireland has the lowest disposable income in the UK. CONCLUSION: While Northern Ireland is experiencing growth in discretionary income, it is still disproportionately behind the rest of the UK.