CLAIM: 30,000 people cross Ireland-Northern Ireland border daily. CONCLUSION: Accurate. Indeed, this may be a low estimation, excluding train and other road journeys.
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 is the happiest region in the UK. CONCLUSION: The majority of people surveyed by ONS indicated being majority happy with their lives. However, statistically, Northern Ireland has some of the highest rates of mental health...
CLAIM: Gates at interface barriers on Shankill and Falls roads are shut every evening at 6 pm. CONCLUSION: One gate in the Shankill and Falls road is closed at 6 pm -- at Townsend Street. Other gates in this area close at other times...
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: 41% of those living with HIV in Northern Ireland are heterosexual. CONCLUSION: The claim is accurate. Furthermore, Northern Ireland has observed the fastest growth in diagnoses over the past 10 years, when compared to the average both in...
CLAIM: The United Kingdom has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe. CONCLUSION: True. However, the teenage pregnancy rate in Northern Ireland was the lowest within the British Isles in 2014.
CLAIM: There is a high level of public support for restorative justice as a method of dealing with young offenders. CONCLUSION: According to surveys collected by NISRA and by the Public Prosecution Service, a majority of respondents support...
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: "Almost half of criminals released from prison in Northern Ireland went on to re-offend within 12 months of being freed." CONCLUSION: The claim is accurate. However, while the article does break down re-offending rates among criminals...
CLAIM: The voting results from Northern Ireland of the EU referendum compels the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to call a border boll. CONCLUSION: False. The Secretary of State may bring forth a border poll when presented with evidence...
CLAIM: One in four women in Northern Ireland have at some point in their lives have been a victim of domestic violence. CONCLUSION: True. Approximately one in four women in Northern Ireland are estimated to have been victims of domestic violence.
CLAIM: Over a quarter of a million people migrate to the UK from the EU every year. CONCLUSION: The claim is true, but it doesn't include the amount of people migrating from the UK to the EU: net migration in 2015 was +184,000. There is no single...