CLAIM: Northern Ireland eats more meat than in the rest of the UK.
CONCLUSION: Accurate according to recent survey reports. For adults aged 19 to 64 years, the mean consumption in Northern Ireland was 82 grams per day, compared to 71 grams for all of the UK; yet for Ireland the figure is 108 grams (adults aged 18 to 64 years). Continue reading Does Northern Ireland eat the most meat?
CLAIM: There are 100,000 adults in Northern Ireland who have no home.
CONCLUSION: Misleading headline from estimated data. The figure is based on estimations of incomplete data and does not distinguish between statutory and “potential hidden homeless”. The majority of the estimated latter represent non-dependent (adult) children living in the parental household. More accurate data may come from collection by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive or independent research. Continue reading Are there 100,000 adults in Northern Ireland with no home?
CLAIM: Figures published ahead of the Irish referendum on abortion show only 43 women came from Ireland to have an abortion in England last year.
CONCLUSION: Incorrect. 3,265 women living in Ireland came to England and Wales for an abortion in 2016. 43 refers to the reported number of women from one hospital who came to the UK so far in 2017. Continue reading Full Fact: How many women leave Northern Ireland to have an abortion in Britain?
CLAIM: Northern Ireland is the happiest region in the UK.
CONCLUSION: The majority of people surveyed by ONS indicated being majority happy with their lives. However, statistically, Northern Ireland has some of the highest rates of mental health illness in the UK and some research has found quality of life to be low here. Most citizens are happy but there exists serious issues which detract from well-being. Continue reading Is Northern Ireland the happiest part of the UK?
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: 41% of those living with HIV in Northern Ireland are heterosexual.
CONCLUSION: The claim is accurate. Furthermore, Northern Ireland has observed the fastest growth in diagnoses over the past 10 years, when compared to the average both in Ireland and in the United Kingdom. Continue reading How common is HIV among heterosexuals?