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The NI Protocol: what power do local MLAs have?
16 May 2022
The NI Protocol means that Northern Ireland remains in the EU’s single market for goods – unlike England, Scotland and Wales. It was agreed by

Elections

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Peace

Do most UUP voters intend to transfer to nationalist parties ahead of other unionists in the May elections?
6 April 2022

CLAIM: According to polling, most people planning to cast a first preference vote for the UUP in May’s Assembly election will switch their vote to nationalists before they provide a transfer to other unionist parties.

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INACCURATE

Only 7% of UUP voters plan to switch to a nationalist party first, according to the survey. While 31% say their first move will be

Elections

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Peace

Are 75% of non-voters in Northern Ireland pro-Union?
16 November 2021

CLAIM: Three-quarters of non-voters in Northern Ireland are pro-Union.

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ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION

This claim is accurate with consideration. The claim that three-quarters of non-voters in Northern Ireland are pro-Union is based on evidence from a research survey

Explainer

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Health

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Peace

Comparing suicide statistics
24 August 2021

EXPLAINER: Comparing how deaths by suicide are measured across the UK and Ireland

During the pandemic, there have been claims that the number of deaths by suicide has increased, reflecting the acknowledged mental strain experienced by many. FactCheckNI

Law

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Peace

A British Army veteran who served in NI during the Troubles is 54x more likely to be prosecuted?
21 July 2021

CLAIM: A British Army veteran who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles is 54 times more likely than a Republican or Loyalist paramilitary to be prosecuted for alleged offences pre-dating the 1998 Belfast Agreement.

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INACCURATE

This claim is not accurate. Prosecutions to date suggest that ex-British Army personnel have been the subject of cases five times more than Republican and

Law

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Peace

Do the DOJ and NIO joint fund an £8 million a year programme to engage directly with paramilitary organisations?
9 June 2021

CLAIM: The DOJ and NIO joint fund an £8 million a year Programme for Tackling Paramilitary Activity and Organised Crime that funds engagement directly with paramilitary organisations, such as the UVF, UFF, RHC, and UDA.

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INACCURATE

The cross-department Executive Programme for Tackling Paramilitary Activity and Organised Crime receives funds from the Northern Ireland Executive, and is not jointly funded by the

Elections

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Peace

Was British Army General Robert Ross the last man to attack the US Capitol?
12 January 2021

CLAIM: The last man to attack the US Capitol, prior to the events on 6 January 2021, was a British Army Major General from Northern Ireland, in 1814.

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INACCURATE

This claim is inaccurate. Since the burning of the US Capitol in August 1814, during the War of 1812, there have been four notable further

Economy

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Europe

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Peace

Does Belfast/Good Friday Agreement forbid cross-border barriers?
7 September 2020

CLAIM: The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement does not forbid the provision of barrier controls between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION

The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement does not exclude governments’ border measures, but aims for ‘normal security arrangements’. The UK Withdrawal Agreement seeks to minimise physical border

Peace

Is this an image of a Nazi flag flying in an area of Belfast celebrating VE Day?
12 May 2020

CLAIM: Images are being shared on Facebook claiming that Nazi flags were being flown in areas of Belfast in which loyalists were celebrating VE Day.

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INACCURATE

This claim is inaccurate: the images are from Carrickfergus in July 2015. A still image from the BBC News appears in widely shared and copied

Europe

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Law

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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

Education

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Law

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Peace

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

Elections

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Europe

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Peace

Is there 51% support for Ireland unity?
6 December 2019

CLAIM: There is 51% support for a united Ireland.

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ACCURATE

This claim is accurate. Although the Sinn Fein manifesto didn’t declare the exclusion of “don’t knows”, this revises a 45/46/9 split to a rounded 49/51