CLAIM: There are 12,500 millionaires living in Northern Ireland.
CONCLUSION: Unproven. The information published by Barclays Wealth & Investments contains proprietary data and cannot be checked. There is also a lack of official data on wealth in Northern Ireland. Continue reading Are there 12,500 millionaires living in Northern Ireland?
CLAIM: 60% of sales from Northern Ireland go to Great Britain.
CONCLUSION: Accurate; however the true figure is closer to 56%. Continue reading Does Northern Ireland sell 60% of its goods to Great Britain?
CLAIM: All taxis can use bus lanes in many cities in Ireland and the UK.
CONCLUSION: Partly accurate. True in Ireland, but most UK cities only allow public taxis access, not private-hire cars. Continue reading Are all taxis allowed in bus lanes?
CLAIM: There was a rock fall on the Antrim coast road on 9 August 2017.
CONCLUSION: False. The image is a cropped version of one published in a local American newspaper, reporting on a rock fall that took place in Lawrence County, Ohio, on 10 April 2015. Continue reading Did a large rock fall onto the Antrim coast road?
CLAIM: 77% of working mothers endure some kind of discrimination.
CONCLUSION: Misleading. It is correct for mothers in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) but the statistic stated on BBC Radio Ulster does not apply to women in Northern Ireland. However, women here do report having felt discriminated in the workplace due to being pregnant or a mother: 36% of mothers report feeling they were treated unfairly, and 50% of mothers believing their career opportunities are worse than before pregnancy. Continue reading Do 77% of mothers face discrimination at work?
CLAIM: Low childcare provision contributes to low levels of female employment in Northern Ireland.
CONCLUSION: The claim may be misleading. While childcare provision is more limited in Northern Ireland than in Great Britain, and female employment rates are lower in Northern Ireland than the UK average, there is insufficient evidence of a causal link between childcare provision and female (versus maternal) employment in this case. According to the most recently available data, Northern Ireland actually has higher maternal employment rates than the UK average. Continue reading Has low childcare provision caused a low female employment rate?