CLAIM: Progressive Politics NI claimed that MLAs were paid "nearly £2.2 million" in salaries up to 3rd September 2017. CONCLUSION: Broadly accurate. The annual salary of an MLA is £49,500. For the period covered by the claim (13/3-13/9/2017),...
CLAIM: The Irish News wrote that a funding cut places hundreds of youth work posts at risk. CONCLUSION: There is no evidence of any cut, nor any proposed cut. Yet there is uncertainty about continued funding, for this and other programmes, in...
CLAIM: In Northern Ireland, more people speak Polish than speak Irish. CONCLUSION: Mostly false. While the 2011 Census data show more people in Northern Ireland speaking Polish than Irish as their main language, based on other available data it...
CLAIM: “The DUP at no point has ever agreed to establish an Irish Language Act with the UK government, with the Irish government, with Sinn Féin or anybody else.” CONCLUSION: The claim is accurate: The St Andrew's Agreement committed the UK...
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: Under an Alliance Minister of Justice, crime rates in Northern Ireland are lower. CONCLUSION: According to PSNI reports, annual offences covering the relevant period are marginally higher (105,289 versus 105,040). Meanwhile, crime in...
CLAIM: Since 2011 the Sinn Féin Education Minister John O’Dowd has "improved educational outcomes for the most disadvantaged", and consequently "58.5% of children receiving Free School Meals (FSM) now obtain 5 GCSEs A*-C, compared to 31.5%...
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...