CLAIM: Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, said that the party delivered “an extra billion pounds” for Northern Ireland.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. The £1bn is specific to the jurisdiction of Northern Ireland and is in addition to funding pledged as a result of the Stormont House Agreement and Fresh Start Agreement. An estimated £420m remains to be spent. Continue reading Has the DUP brought an extra £1bn?
CLAIM: Car insurance company Tempcover issued a press release and associated webpage which claimed to “reveal which public transport operators in the UK are doing the best job of getting Britain from A to B”.
CONCLUSION: INACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. None of the public transport companies listed covered Northern Ireland, so it was a Great Britain-only analysis. Tempcover have now corrected this error on their website. The exclusion of Northern Ireland’s Translink service could have, at most, shifted other operators up or down the list by one position. Continue reading The worst train and bus operators in the UK?
CLAIM: Derry/Londonderry is the only city of its prominence in the UK that does not have its own higher education institution, according to Lord Adonis.
CONCLUSION: INACCURATE. There are several other urban areas in the UK that do not have a higher education institution headquartered in their locale (for example Darlington, Southport, Harrogate, Scunthorpe, Crewe and East Kilbride). Continue reading Derry/Londonderry only city without its own university?
CLAIM: The Guardian claimed that journalism charity Full Fact is “the only UK member of” Facebook’s fact-checking programme.
CONCLUSION: INACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. FactCheckNI is another UK member of Facebook’s third party fact-checking programme. The Guardian promptly corrected its article.
Continue reading Only one UK member of Facebook’s fact-checking programme?
CLAIM: By 2026, 96% of the projected population growth in Northern Ireland will be represented by people aged 65 and over.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. NISRA has published a projection of an increased population of 77,587 people; the 65+ age profile will see the largest change. Continue reading 96% population growth by those aged 65+?
CLAIM: The railway service for Derry/Londonderry is substandard to services east of the River Bann, according to campaign group, Into the West Rail Lobby.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. FactCheckNI interprets “substandard” as “less frequency and access”. Of the six claims made, four are accurate, one is accurate with consideration (there are fewer trains from Belfast during peak hours), and one was inaccurate (through ticketing to Dublin is available at staffed stations, including Derry/Londonderry). Continue reading Is Derry/Londonderry rail service substandard?