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Education

Are the UK and Ireland outliers within Europe because children are made to wear school uniforms?
15 May 2024

CLAIM: The vast majority of countries in Europe do not implement a mandatory school uniform policy.

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On 17 April in a meeting of the Committee for Education discussing school uniform policy, Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan said: “I just wanted to

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Europe

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Law

Are over 80% of new asylum seekers in Ireland arriving there from over the land border with NI?
2 May 2024

CLAIM: More than 80% of all new asylum seekers in Ireland travelled to the country over the land border with Northern Ireland.

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On 23 April in a meeting of the Oireachtas Justice Committee, Ireland’s Minister for Justice Helen McEntee told the committee that over 80% of all

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Environment

Are almost one in eight of all species in NI at risk, amidst an ongoing decline in local woodland?
2 May 2024

CLAIM: 12% of all animal, plant and fungus species in Northern Ireland are at risk of extinction, while the area of certified woodland has declined despite increases in other parts of the UK.

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On 9 April in a debate in the Assembly, Alliance Party MLA John Blair claimed: “…12% of our species are being threatened with extinction and

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Economy

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Health

Are UK child poverty rates over seven times higher than those in Scandinavia?
23 April 2024

CLAIM: Child poverty rates in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland are between 2.4% and 3.6% – while in the UK they are 28.3%.

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On 26 March in a post on social media, BBC NI journalist Mandy McAuley made a claim about recent child poverty figures in the UK

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Economy

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Health

Are unpaid carers worth hundreds of millions of pounds per year to Northern Ireland?
19 April 2024

CLAIM: Unpaid carers provide the equivalent of hundreds of millions of pounds of work every year, while the Department of Communities spends only 2% of its budget on Carer’s Allowance.

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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

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Law

Does NI’s criminal justice system have the biggest backlog in the UK?
11 April 2024

CLAIM: Northern Ireland is the worst place in the UK for logjams in the justice system.

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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

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Education

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Health

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Law

Have 75% of 16-year-old girls in NI been harassed on the street?
4 April 2024

CLAIM: Three quarters of all 16-year-old girls in Northern Ireland have experienced on-street harassment.

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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

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Health

Did almost 1,500 people die in NI in one year because of long waits in A&E?
27 March 2024

CLAIM: There is strong evidence that in 2022, delays in Northern Ireland’s emergency departments led to the premature deaths of 1,434 people.

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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

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Education

Does a child with a statement have to be placed in their parents’ preferred school?
21 March 2024

CLAIM: Parents/guardians of children with a statement of special educational needs can tell the Education Authority which school they want that child to attend, and that school is required to accept them.

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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

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Health

Do 11% of Travellers die by suicide?
11 March 2024

CLAIM: Sinn Féin TD Mark Wark said that 11% of all Travellers will die by suicide – a rate which is seven times higher than the general population.

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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

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Health

Are Northern Ireland’s child vaccination rates for measles too low?
5 March 2024

CLAIM: Alliance MLA Danny Donnelly claimed that almost 89% of children in NI have received their first MMR jab, but fewer return for the second dose – with only 85% fully vaccinated by the time they are five years old. The WHO recommends a 95% vaccination rate to prevent outbreaks.

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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

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Peace

Is Belfast City Council’s policy for dual language street signs “extremist and provocative”?
23 February 2024
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