CLAIM: Over half of the residents in Fermanagh & Omagh District Council are living in poverty.
CONCLUSION: Inaccurate. 25.1% of people in Fermanagh and Omagh lived in relative and/or absolute poverty, from 2012-15. The claim was corrected by the Fermanagh Herald on 6 February 2019. Continue reading Are half of the people in Fermanagh and Omagh living in poverty?
Semtex and powdered milk: A history of Ireland-Northern Ireland border checks
by Ferre WOUTERS for FactCheckNI
21 January 2019
At an event in London on 15 January 2019, Arlene Foster (Leader, DUP), stated that during the Troubles there has not been a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. When asked what she meant by this, she explained: “The borders of the past were there for a completely different reason. They were there to stop terrorists, they were there to stop the flow of Semtex (explosives), as opposed to the flow of powdered milk.” Continue reading Semtex and powdered milk: A history of Ireland-Northern Ireland border checks
CLAIM: More men die by suicide in Northern Ireland than anywhere else in the United Kingdom.
CONCLUSION: Accurate. For 2017, Northern Ireland had the highest rate in the UK (and Ireland) of registered deaths by suicide for men (29.1 per 100,000 men) (and women (8.5 per 100,000 women)). Also, the number of total suicides by year of actual occurrence in Northern Ireland for 2013 (306) is more than double that for 1995 (148). Continue reading Do more men die by suicide in Northern Ireland?
CLAIM: Nearly 1,900 jobs created by Belfast City Council in 6 months.
CONCLUSION: Inaccurate. 420 new jobs created plus 447 job vacancies filled. An unknown number of new jobs have been created from council’s City for Investment service. Continue reading Were 1,900 jobs created by Belfast City Council?
CLAIM: The number of homes in Northern Ireland that have had their housing supplementary payments removed has increased five times more in the past year.
CONCLUSION: Accurate with considerations. The 140 households whose top-up payments ceased in the past year is four times more than the 35 households in the previous year. Also, we do not know the current status of the 175 households whose top-up payments have ceased. As of 30/9/2018, there are 32,378 households who are receiving the supplementary payments. Continue reading Homes paying bedroom tax increased fivefold?
CLAIM: 77% of young people in the UK don’t want Brexit.
CONCLUSION: Inaccurate. Polls for Great Britain show support from those aged 18-24 for remaining in the EU at between 57% and 71%; for Northern Ireland, between 48% and 57%. Continue reading Do 77% of young people not want Brexit?