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.
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Would it cost the Irish government £880m to provide free GP care?
31 January 2023
CLAIM: Provision of GP appointments that are free at the point of delivery would cost the Dublin Exchequer an extra £880m per year.
INACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATIONOn 17 January, crossbench peer Lord Kilclooney claimed: “To provide free GP care in the Republic of Ireland, which already exists in NI as it
Are an average of three women killed by men each week?
25 January 2023
CLAIM: On average, three women are killed by men every week, while one in four women has been a victim of rape or sexual assault at some point.
ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATIONOn 11 January, Alliance MLA Kate Nicholl tweeted: “In a society where 3 women are killed each week by a men and 1 in 4
Was Northern Ireland part of the Irish Free State for a day?
15 December 2022
CLAIM: Tánaiste Leo Varadkar claimed that, on 6 December 1922, Northern Ireland was both already in existence and technically a part of the Irish Free State.
ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATIONOn 6 December, Ireland’s Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said: “Article 12 of the Treaty [the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, which created the Irish Free State] created
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