Was funding cut for youth work?

CLAIM: The Irish News wrote that a funding cut places hundreds of youth work posts at risk.

CONCLUSION: There is no evidence of any cut, nor any proposed cut. Yet there is uncertainty about continued funding, for this and other programmes, in light of the composition of a new Northern Ireland Executive (or direct rule governance) after elections in March 2017. Continue reading Was funding cut for youth work?

TheJournal.ie: Did the DUP really never commit to an Irish Language Act?

CLAIM: “The DUP at no point has ever agreed to establish an Irish Language Act with the UK government, with the Irish government, with Sinn Féin or anybody else.”

CONCLUSION: Accurate. The St Andrew’s Agreement committed the UK Government to an Irish Language Act, but subsequent legislation compelled the Northern Ireland Executive to produce a strategy (which may or may not include an Irish Language Act). Continue reading TheJournal.ie: Did the DUP really never commit to an Irish Language Act?

Who opens and closes interface gates?

CLAIM: Gates at interface barriers on Shankill and Falls roads are shut every evening at 6 pm.

CONCLUSION: One gate in the Shankill and Falls road is closed at 6 pm — at Townsend Street. Other gates in this area close at other times (3.00/6.30/9.00/10.30pm). The Department of Justice is responsible for the gates at four locations, and the PSNI for a fifth one. Continue reading Who opens and closes interface gates?

Must the SoS call a post-Brexit border poll?

CLAIM: The voting results from Northern Ireland of the EU referendum compels the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to call a border boll.

CONCLUSION: False. The Secretary of State may bring forth a border poll when presented with evidence that a majority of electors may choose to change the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. There has been no evidence yet published. Continue reading Must the SoS call a post-Brexit border poll?

Do more residents want peace walls to stay?

CLAIM: More residents want peace walls to stay.

CONCLUSION: While the findings from the 2015 survey are mixed, as they have also been in previous studies, there is some evidence that relationships between single identity communities along peace walls have grown more suspicious, and that the appetite for change evident in a previous 2012 survey has diminished slightly. Continue reading Do more residents want peace walls to stay?