FactCheckNI. Northern Ireland’s first dedicated fact checking service
We are a team of independent fact checkers who identify important public statements relevant to Northern Ireland, interrogate the best available evidence, and publish fact check articles to improve the quality of public debate.
Latest fact checks
Agri-food policy, environmental protections and plans within plans within plans
1 December 2023A single sentence in a newspaper unravels to reveal how strategic policy can be 1) like a Russian Doll, and 2) open to various interpretations
Do early medical abortions fail 6% of the time?
22 November 2023
CLAIM: There is a one-in-17 risk that early medical abortions will fail, a fact that is openly acknowledged by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
INACCURATEOn 19 October, Pro-Life campaigner Kevin Duffy claimed on social media: “[The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists] wants women to know there’s a 1-in-17
Do child refugees living in NI need a visa to access urgent care if they have heart problems?
16 November 2023
CLAIM: Refugee children living in Northern Ireland who require urgent paediatric cardiological services need a visa in order to travel for specialist care in Dublin.
ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATIONOn 21 September, Member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Dr Lucy Michael said in a social media post: “A refugee child in
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