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Is there 90% compliance with wearing face coverings in retail settings in Northern Ireland?
5 October 2020

CLAIM: At a Northern Ireland Policing Board meeting, the PSNI's Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said that there was 90% compliance with people wearing face coverings in retail settings.

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UNSUBSTANTIATED

Constable Alan Todd has clarified that this figure was an estimate. This claim is unsubstantiated. On 10 August 2020, the use of face coverings in

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Peace

Do more than 700,000 born in Northern Ireland have an Irish passport?
5 March 2020

CLAIM: More than 700,000 people born in Northern Ireland have an Irish passport.

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ACCURATE

831,779 Irish passport applications (2010-19) represents 44.7% of the Northern Ireland-born population living in the UK at the time of the 2011 Censuses. On the

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Are there more Orangemen than fluent Irish speakers?
10 January 2020

CLAIM: There are more Orangemen than fluent Irish speakers in Northern Ireland.

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UNSUBSTANTIATED

The 2017-18 Continuous Household Survey indicates there are an estimated 35,955 persons with conversational fluency of Irish, and the current Grand Secretary of the Orange

Europe

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Health

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Law

Does Northern Ireland have the highest femicide rate in Western Europe?
25 November 2019

CLAIM: Northern Ireland has the highest rate of femicide in Western Europe.

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INACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION

Northern Ireland has the second highest rate (0.53) of female intentional homicide victims by intimate partner, per 100,000 inhabitants, in Western Europe, as defined by

Europe

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Law

Brexit box viral graphic fact check
22 August 2019

Multiple claims have been made in a viral graphic about what actions have been taken by the EU and the UK since negotiations for the UK to leave the EU began on 29 March 2017. We assess each of the 12 claims.

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MIXTURE

A graphic about what actions have been made by the European Union and the UK, respectively, since negotiations for the UK to leave the EU

Law

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Peace

Are one in five PSNI new constables Catholic?
17 October 2018

CLAIM: One in five new constables from 2016 and 2017 are from a Catholic community background.

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UNSUBSTANTIATED

The claim is only accurate for years 2013 to 2015. PSNI composition In 1999, when 8.3% of police officers were Catholics, the Independent Commission for

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Health

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Law

Do Northern Ireland pets need passports for Ireland?
5 October 2018

CLAIM: Pet owners travelling from Northern Ireland to Ireland require “EU pet passports”.

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ACCURATE

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);

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Peace

Is Irish the only language banned in Northern Ireland courts?
7 August 2018

CLAIM: Only the Irish language is banned in courts in Northern Ireland.

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INACCURATE

English is the working language of court proceedings in Northern Ireland; interpretation and translation services are provided for those who do not speak or understand

Europe

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Peace

Are there 208 Ireland-Northern Ireland border crossings?
8 June 2018

CLAIM: There are 208 border crossings between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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UNSUBSTANTIATED

It is extremely difficult to accurately establish the exact number of border crossings, as many informal routes have been established since border infrastructure was removed

Law

Were there over 29,000 cases of domestic violence and abuse in 2016-17?
2 March 2018

CLAIM: Over 29,000 incidents of domestic violence and abuse took place in Northern Ireland in 2017.

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ACCURATE

The claim is accurate. On 9 February 2018, Anthony Harbinson (Head of Community Safety Division, Department of Justice) said: “Over 29,000 incidents of [domestic] violence and

Law

Is there majority support for marriage equality?
7 February 2018

CLAIM: Seventy percent of people in Northern Ireland and the majority of its Assembly Members support marriage equality for LGBT couples.

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ACCURATE

The claim is accurate. On 28th January 2018, IrishCentral claimed that “Seventy percent of people in Northern Ireland and the majority of its Assembly Members support marriage equality

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Do 30,000 people cross Ireland-Northern Ireland border daily?
27 April 2017

CLAIM: 30,000 people cross Ireland-Northern Ireland border daily.

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ACCURATE

This claim is accurate. Indeed, this may be a low estimation, excluding train and other road journeys. Updated on 28 April 2017 With Brexit looming