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Is healthy life expectancy in Northern Ireland almost ten years lower than in Ireland?
16 March 2023

CLAIM: People in the RoI can expect to live a healthy life for almost a decade longer than those in NI - 69.4 years compared to 61 years.

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On 4 March, Irish Times columnist David McWilliams claimed: “The average person in the Republic can expect to live a healthy life for almost a

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Do 90% of people in NI support organ donation?
20 February 2023

CLAIM: Ninety per cent of people in the North support organ donation

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On 14 February, Sinn Féin Vice President,  Michelle O’Neill stated: “Over 130 people are waiting for an organ. Ninety per cent of people in the

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Have almost 50 people died in NI because of a Covid-19 vaccine?
16 February 2023

CLAIM: By 29 September last year, at least 47 people in NI had died from “vaccine injury”.

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On 10 January, DUP MLA Paul Frew tweeted: “[We] know, according to MHRA that 47 people in NI died from vaccine injury up to 29th

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Would it cost the Irish government £880m to provide free GP care?
31 January 2023

CLAIM: Provision of GP appointments that are free at the point of delivery would cost the Dublin Exchequer an extra £880m per year.

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On 17 January, crossbench peer Lord Kilclooney claimed: “To provide free GP care in the Republic of Ireland, which already exists in NI as it

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Does Northern Ireland support abortion?
3 November 2022

CLAIM: DUP MP Carla Lockhart claimed “Northern Ireland does not support abortion, it never has. It still doesn’t.”

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In recent years, several opinion polls have asked for NI’s views on abortion The public is broadly in favour of abortion rights when there are

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Does the UK have more food banks than McDonald’s?
24 October 2022

CLAIM: There are more food banks across the UK than McDonald’s restaurants

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Finding out the exact number of food banks in the UK is difficult.  However, even by low estimates, there are far more food banks than

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Does Northern Ireland have the highest rate of infant mortality in Europe?
7 September 2022

CLAIM: NI has the highest rate of infant mortality in the UK and therefore Europe.

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NI has higher infant mortality than the rest of the UK. Several European countries have higher rates. Nevertheless, NI does have a relatively high rate

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Do 140 people per year die while fishing in Irish waters?
16 June 2022

CLAIM: Approximately 120 to 140 people die while fishing in Ireland.

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On BBC Radio Ulster’s show Good Morning Ulster on June 7, during a discussion about deaths during the Isle of Man TT, former road racer

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Are children entitled to free school meals 29 percentage points less likely than their peers to get good GCSEs? Has this attainment gap barely closed in over a decade?
21 April 2022

CLAIM: Children in Northern Ireland who are entitled to free school meals (FSME) are 29 percentage points less likely to get 5+ GCSEs at A*-C, including English and maths, than those who aren’t FSME, based on results for 2018-19. This attainment gap has only shrunk by three percentage points (pp) since 2005-06

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Data shows that in 2018-2019, 49.5% of FSME school leavers had at least five GCSEs including English and maths, compared to 78.5% of their non-FSME

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Are children who take a COVID-19 vaccine 52 times more likely to suffer an early death?
4 March 2022

CLAIM: Children who get the Covid-19 vaccine increase their risk of early death by 5,100%.

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Data does not support this claim. Deaths of children after vaccination are too rare to inform reliable estimates. A temporary increase is possible because children

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Is there a 50% chance of hospitalisation with Omicron if you don’t get a COVID-19 booster jab?
28 February 2022

CLAIM: If you’ve had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and you haven’t had a booster jab, then you have a 50/50 chance of ending up in hospital if you catch Omicron.

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Data published by the UK Health Security Agency at the time of the claim suggested that with two doses, vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation due to

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Does Northern Ireland have the highest number of children in care since 1995?
8 February 2022

CLAIM: Northern Ireland has the highest number of children in care since the introduction of the Children Order in 1995.

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In January 2022, 3,566 children in Northern Ireland were recorded as being in care, which is the highest recorded figure since 1995, according to Department