CLAIM: By 2026, 96% of the projected population growth in Northern Ireland will be represented by people aged 65 and over.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE. NISRA has published a projection of an increased population of 77,587 people; the 65+ age profile will see the largest change. Continue reading 96% population growth by those aged 65+?
CLAIM: The railway service for Derry/Londonderry is substandard to services east of the River Bann, according to campaign group, Into the West Rail Lobby.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. FactCheckNI interprets “substandard” as “less frequency and access”. Of the six claims made, four are accurate, one is accurate with consideration (there are fewer trains from Belfast during peak hours), and one was inaccurate (through ticketing to Dublin is available at staffed stations, including Derry/Londonderry). Continue reading Is Derry/Londonderry rail service substandard?
CLAIM: The EU sends Northern Ireland €500 million a year
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. The €500 million figure quoted by the SDLP is substantiated by European Commission figures for EU regional funding of Northern Ireland. However, this is not a ‘net’ figure and does not take into account Northern Ireland’s proportion of the UK’s contribution to the EU. A more complete statement would be to say that Northern Ireland receives €55/£45 million more than we pay to the EU. Continue reading Does the EU send NI €500m annually?
CLAIM: Almost as many health appointments were cancelled by hospitals as were the result of patients not turning up.
CONCLUSION: ACCURATE WITH CONSIDERATION. In 2017/18, hospitals cancelled more appointments (175,428) than patients not showing up (139,351). However, in the same period, patients cancelled notably more appointments (207,960) than hospitals did. Hospitals account for 34% and patients 66% of all appointments scheduled but not held. Continue reading As many appointments cancelled by hospital as patient no-shows?