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Is there a high level of support for restorative justice?
16 August 2016

CLAIM: There is a high level of public support for restorative justice as a method of dealing with young offenders.

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UNSUBSTANTIATED

According to surveys collected by NISRA and by the Public Prosecution Service, a majority of respondents support either restorative justice or diversionary options generally. In

Law

Do half of freed criminals reoffend within a year?
28 July 2016

CLAIM: Almost half of criminals released from prison in Northern Ireland went on to re-offend within 12 months of being freed.

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ACCURATE

The claim is accurate. However, while the article does break down re-offending rates among criminals released from prison, the majority of offenders receive sentences that

Health

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Law

Are 1 in 4 women in Northern Ireland victims of domestic violence?
11 July 2016

CLAIM: One in four women in Northern Ireland have at some point in their lives have been a victim of domestic violence.

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ACCURATE

Approximately one in four women in Northern Ireland are estimated to have been victims of domestic violence. According to an article posted on MKBLaw, “One in four

Europe

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Law

What is EU to Northern Ireland net migration?
23 June 2016

CLAIM: Over a quarter of a million people migrate to the UK from the EU every year.

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ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION

The claim is true, but it doesn’t include the number of people migrating from the UK to the EU: net migration in 2015 was +184,000.

Europe

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Health

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Law

Are foreigners a financial strain on the NHS in Northern Ireland?
1 June 2016

CLAIM: "The health service in Northern Ireland will especially benefit from the requirement for foreigners - including those from the Republic of Ireland - to pay for hospital treatment" - Sammy Wilson (Belfast Telegraph, 19 May 2016)

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INACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION

Under a variety of different circumstances, foreigners do pay for access to health care already. The proposed legislation would seek ways to extend the scope

Elections

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Law

Is crime on the rise in Northern Ireland?
4 May 2016

CLAIM: Under an Alliance Minister of Justice, crime rates in Northern Ireland are lower.

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ACCURATE

According to PSNI reports, annual offences covering the relevant period are marginally higher (105,289 versus 105,040). Meanwhile, crime in Northern Ireland has been rising every

Europe

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Law

Would Brexit lead to Northern Ireland land border checks?
2 May 2016

CLAIM: Lord Mandelson speaking about the border with Ireland in case of Brexit: “It would mean a return to customs posts, border checks; I don’t know exactly what the arrangements would be …”

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UNSUBSTANTIATED

Travel between the UK and Ireland is currently unaffected by EU membership, as they have both opted out of joining the Schengen Area and maintained

Law

Has Northern Ireland’s legislation caused an 80% rise in sex workers in Ireland?
6 April 2016

CLAIM: The number of sex workers in Ireland has increased by 80% since the ban in Northern Ireland.

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UNSUBSTANTIATED

While data on sex workers in Ireland is extremely lacking, the figures that are available and most commonly employed by experts do not support this