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# Conspiracy Theories

This year
The 15-minute city: how Ireland's conspiracy theorists grew to fear an urban planning concept
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The concept has become an unlikely flashpoint in a global culture war.
# nicola bulley
Social media has 'distracted significantly' in Nicola Bulley investigation, say police
Detectives maintain there is still no evidence of a crime in the mother-of-two’s disappearance last month.
Last year
Opinion: How conspiracy communities are using predictable tactics to spread falsehoods about RSV
Aoife Gallagher and Clara Martiny explain how online communities have turned to a new winter virus.
# Conspiracy Theories
Mysterious Georgia Guidestones monument demolished after being bombed by vandals
The so-called American Stonehenge was a target for conspiracy theorists who linked it with Satanism.
# sandy hook
Conspiracy website Infowars files for bankruptcy as Alex Jones faces libel lawsuits
Jones previously claimed that the Sandy Hook school shootings did not happen.
'They're not going to go away': Where does Ireland's anti-lockdown movement go next?
Some Covid sceptics have become emboldened by the easing of restrictions.
Parts of the anti-lockdown movement have shifted their focus since restrictions were eased last week, Stephen McDermott writes.
Sceptics and conspiracy theorists believe the Government announcement precedes a bigger crisis.
Recent events suggest the movement may be becoming more regionalised and attracting smaller numbers.
All time
# Covid sceptics
'Violent rhetoric' within Irish anti-lockdown movement 'should not be underestimated' - report
The ISD report details some of the main players in Ireland’s anti-lockdown movement.
Opinion: First rule of social media? Don’t engage with The Horrible People
Aoife Gallagher says it’s tempting to share content that horrifies you, but it only serves to amplify the hate.
# Podcast
The Explainer: From influencers to QAnon - how misinformation changed in Ireland over the past year
From WhatsApp messages to conspiracy theories, we explore how misinformation has evolved over the last 12 months.
# qanon
Republicans say they will stand by congresswoman who supported bizarre conspiracy theories
There have been calls for Marjorie Taylor Greene to be punished for her online embrace of racist views and bizarre conspiracy theories.
# Misinformation
Facebook bans all accounts linked to conspiracy group QAnon
Campaigners described the move as a “much-needed, if belated, step” from Facebook.
# far-right protests
'The Infodemic': Ireland's weak far-right hopes to gain from online conspiracies and misinformation
Fringe groups are feeding off public frustration and misinformation.
# illuminati confirmed
Here's why you might never fall down a YouTube conspiracy theory rabbit hole again
The site is cracking down on content.
# The Notorious
Conor McGregor said Tupac's old gaff had a "mad pong" out of it
Febreeze, anyone?
# Quiz
Can You Match This Celebrity to Their Favourite Conspiracy Theory?
Does anyone really believe that Tupac is still alive in Cuba?
11 bizarre celebrity conspiracy theories that you'll probably lose hours to
Settle in. Make a cup of tea.
# kyle odom
Shooting suspect with 'Martian master race' manifesto arrested at White House
Kyle Odom, a former Marine from Idaho, has a history of mental illness.
# Conspiracy Theories
Brian Cowen played golf with Seán FitzPatrick but they never discussed Anglo
The former Taoiseach also said he underestimated the impact of the IMF coming to town.
# tinfoil hat
Egyptian TV claims The Simpsons predicted the Syrian civil war
They say a 2001 episode of the long-running cartoon hints that the Syrian conflict was “premeditated”.
# sour grapes
7 people who are weirdly miffed about the Rose of Tralee
Some people are never happy.
# 9/11
9/11 conspiracy theories: the alternative accounts of September 11
No planes, controlled demolitions, holograms and missiles – just some of the theories surrounding 9/11.