CLAIM: Northern Ireland eats more meat than in the rest of the UK.
CONCLUSION: Accurate according to recent survey reports. For adults aged 19 to 64 years, the mean consumption in Northern Ireland was 82 grams per day, compared to 71 grams for all of the UK; yet for Ireland the figure is 108 grams (adults aged 18 to 64 years). Continue reading Does Northern Ireland eat the most meat?
CLAIM: Within the LGBT community, 25% have attempted suicide.
CONCLUSION: Accurate result in line with other surveys with LGBT respondents in the UK and Ireland. The Rainbow Project survey figure of 4% of LGBT people attempting suicide in the prior year is also consistent with surveys by other organisations. Continue reading Have 1 in 4 LGBT persons attempted suicide?
CLAIM: Pet owners travelling from Northern Ireland to Ireland require “EU pet passports”.
CONCLUSION: True. This includes your pet being marked by a transponder (microchip) and vaccinated against rabies. There are presently no border checks for pets (as official policy); however it is uncertain what regulations will apply post-Brexit. Continue reading Do Northern Ireland pets need passports for Ireland?
CLAIM: There are 100,000 adults in Northern Ireland who have no home.
CONCLUSION: Misleading headline from estimated data. The figure is based on estimations of incomplete data and does not distinguish between statutory and “potential hidden homeless”. The majority of the estimated latter represent non-dependent (adult) children living in the parental household. More accurate data may come from collection by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive or independent research. Continue reading Are there 100,000 adults in Northern Ireland with no home?
CLAIM: Figures published ahead of the Irish referendum on abortion show only 43 women came from Ireland to have an abortion in England last year.
CONCLUSION: Incorrect. 3,265 women living in Ireland came to England and Wales for an abortion in 2016. 43 refers to the reported number of women from one hospital who came to the UK so far in 2017. Continue reading Full Fact: How many women leave Northern Ireland to have an abortion in Britain?
CLAIM: Northern Ireland is the happiest region in the UK.
CONCLUSION: The majority of people surveyed by ONS indicated being majority happy with their lives. However, statistically, Northern Ireland has some of the highest rates of mental health illness in the UK and some research has found quality of life to be low here. Most citizens are happy but there exists serious issues which detract from well-being. Continue reading Is Northern Ireland the happiest part of the UK?