CLAIM: Under an Alliance Minister of Justice, crime rates in Northern Ireland are lower.
CONCLUSION: 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 year since 2012/13. Continue reading Is crime on the rise in Northern Ireland?
CLAIM: The number of sex workers in Ireland has increased by 80% since the ban in Northern Ireland.
CONCLUSION: 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 claim. There is no official data documenting the movement of sex workers south across the border, but whatever the scale, an 80% impact in Ireland is unlikely. Continue reading Has Northern Ireland’s legislation caused an 80% rise in sex workers in Ireland?