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Are 40,000 people in NI on the Housing Executive waiting list, with 30,000 of those in housing stress?
18 May 2022

CLAIM: Over 40,000 people in Northern Ireland are on the Housing Executive waiting list - with 30,000 of them in ‘housing stress’ - yet only around 2,000 social or affordable homes are built each year.

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The Ulster Unionist Party manifesto for the 2022 Assembly Election says: “Unfortunately, over 40,000 people in Northern Ireland are on the NI Housing Executive (NIHE)

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Peace

The NI Protocol: what power do local MLAs have?
16 May 2022
The NI Protocol means that Northern Ireland remains in the EU’s single market for goods – unlike England, Scotland and Wales. It was agreed by

Economy

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Europe

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Economic effects of the Northern Ireland Protocol
8 February 2022

The claim that the Northern Ireland Protocol “costs £900 million to Northern Ireland” annually is based on two articles by economist Dr Esmond Birnie.

While economic models are a recognised way of using simple frameworks to illustrate complex processes, they are often based on assumptions and are ultimately tested

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Law

Changes in the Highway Code in Northern Ireland
1 February 2022

Social media and national newspapers have been highlighting upcoming changes to The Highway Code, inferring that the changes apply right across the United Kingdom.

Facebook Groups like the Ulster Roadwatch Community, newspapers like The Impartial Reporter, and the BBC News website have been sharing information inferring that the changes

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Health

COVID-19 and face masks/coverings
14 January 2022

This article explains how to learn guidance and regulations of the use of face coverings in Northern Ireland and explores some of the available evidence regarding their use. 

What is the guidance on face coverings in Northern Ireland? The Northern Ireland Executive announced that the use of face coverings in certain indoor settings

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An open letter to YouTube’s CEO from the world’s fact checkers
12 January 2022
12 January 2022 Ms Susan Wojcicki, It’s been almost two years since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The world has seen time and time again how

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Health

Seasonal flu and COVID-19
10 January 2022

Explaining seasonal flu, measuring outbreaks, and understanding excess winter mortality.

“Seasonal flu” is a very common illness, and tends to be more severe than the common cold. The most common symptoms are a sudden high

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Health

COVID-19 and excess deaths in Northern Ireland and the world
10 January 2022

What are excess deaths, how is COVID-19 affecting them, and how does Northern Ireland compare to the rest of the world?

There has been a lot of discussion in relation to “excess deaths” and COVID-19. This term is not specific to this pandemic and has been

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FactCheckNI: Editor Role
4 January 2022
FactCheckNI are recruiting an editor! FactCheckNI is Northern Ireland’s first and only dedicated fact-checking service. We investigate claims and publish articles on contemporary and contentious topics.

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Childcare provision in Northern Ireland
8 December 2021

EXPLAINER: Updating FactCheckNI's previous analysis of childcare provision in Northern Ireland with comparison to other UK regions and Ireland.

A recent survey published by Employers For Childcare examined the status of childcare provision in Northern Ireland. This explainer article updates our previous analysis and

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Health

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Peace

Comparing suicide statistics
24 August 2021

EXPLAINER: Comparing how deaths by suicide are measured across the UK and Ireland

During the pandemic, there have been claims that the number of deaths by suicide has increased, reflecting the acknowledged mental strain experienced by many. FactCheckNI

How-tos

How-to: Reverse image search
17 August 2021
Take a brief moment to check viral images online before you share them. This can help stop the spread of misinformation/disinformation. There are many online