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Are unpaid carers worth hundreds of millions of pounds per year to Northern Ireland?

On 28 February in a post on social media, Carers NI public affairs manager Craig Harrison claimed: “2%… That’s the amount of DfC’s budget spent on Carer’s Allowance. In return,

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Does NI’s criminal justice system have the biggest backlog in the UK?

On 14 November, an article in the Belfast Telegraph claimed that: “Northern Ireland’s Crown Court is now backlogged until the autumn of 2024, with no new trials to be scheduled

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Have 75% of 16-year-old girls in NI been harassed on the street?

On 26 February, during a debate in the Assembly, Sinn Féin MLA Emma Sheerin said: “One of the statistics that really shocked me was in the 2022 life and times

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Did almost 1,500 people die in NI in one year because of long waits in A&E?

In an interview published on 21 January in the Irish Times, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s (RCEM) Vice Chair in Northern Ireland Dr Russell McLaughlin claimed: “In very simple

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Does a child with a statement have to be placed in their parents’ preferred school?

On 30 January in a post on social media, newspaper columnist Newton Emerson said: “Timely reminder: if your child has a statement, the EA is required to place them in

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Do 11% of Travellers die by suicide?

On 5 December during a debate in the Dail, Sinn Féin TD Mark Ward said: “Some 11% of all Travellers will die by suicide. This is shocking. It is over

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Are Northern Ireland’s child vaccination rates for measles too low?

On 19 February during a plenary session in the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alliance MLA Danny Donnelly said: “Almost 89% of children in Northern Ireland have received their first MMR jab,

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Is Belfast City Council’s policy for dual language street signs “extremist and provocative”?

A column in the News Letter examined changes in Belfast City Council’s processes for erecting dual language street signs. We take a look at how this process has evolved over

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Did online child grooming in Northern Ireland increase by 40% last year?

On 6 February in a post on social media, the Derry Journal claimed: “The mother of two children who were groomed by someone pretending to be a child on social

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Can both UK and Irish citizens cross the border without showing ID?

On 11 January in posts on social media, campaign group End Deportations Belfast criticised the approach of An Garda Síochána officers carrying out checks on a bus travelling across the

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Do the people of Northern Ireland want the Assembly to return?

Professor Shirlow is the Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool. On 29 January, he claimed in a post on social media that: “People want

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Are over one in four people in NI on a hospital waiting list?

On 30 November, in a party press release, Sinn Féin claimed that “more than 1 in 4 people here are waiting for an inpatient or outpatient appointment.” The words were

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