CLAIM: A third of Church of Ireland ministry candidates are women. CONCLUSION: Inaccurate. A quarter of CoI accepted and enrolled candidates are women. For the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, its figures of less than 4% female candidates are...
CLAIM: “For every child coming into school in Northern Ireland, they are getting much less than their counterparts in other regions of the United Kingdom.” CONCLUSION: Correct with consideration. Public expenditure on pre-primary and primary...
CLAIM: “…a third of young people from Northern Ireland who go to university travel outside Northern Ireland, mainly to the North West of England and Scotland, and only a third of those who graduate return back home.” CONCLUSION: Accurate....
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: “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: 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: 38% of students have to leave Northern Ireland at age 18 for higher education. CONCLUSION: Most recent data show a third (33.5%) of school leavers continue studies outside Northern Ireland. While public investment policy in further...
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%...