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# debunked - Friday 17 September, 2021

Debunked: No, you can't give someone medical power of attorney with a 'Notice of Standing and Fact'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Debunked: No, you can't give someone medical power of attorney with a 'Notice of Standing and Fact'

Fri 7:03 PM 24,246 Views 0 Comments

A medical law expert has cast a withering eye on a document that’s circulating online.

# debunked - Tuesday 14 September, 2021

Debunked: No, Lidl has no plans to use QR scanners for Covid vaccine certs for entry into its stores
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Lidl has no plans to use QR scanners for Covid vaccine certs for entry into its stores

Sep 14th 2021, 9:24 PM 908 Views 0 Comments

A photo shared on Facebook claimed that QR scanners would be used to ask for proof of vaccination.

# debunked - Monday 30 August, 2021

Debunked: No, Covid-19 vaccines do not contain graphene oxide
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, Covid-19 vaccines do not contain graphene oxide

Aug 30th 2021, 6:15 AM 33,356 Views 0 Comments

Claims about vaccines containing the chemical have circulated in recent months.

# debunked - Friday 27 August, 2021

Debunked: No, the Pfizer Covid jab and Comirnaty are not different vaccines
# Covid19
# Covid19

Debunked: No, the Pfizer Covid jab and Comirnaty are not different vaccines

Aug 27th 2021, 3:55 PM 2,918 Views 0 Comments

This name has been used for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine since December last year.

# debunked - Thursday 26 August, 2021

Debunked: The FDA didn't just 'reissue emergency approval' for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, it granted full approval
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Debunked: The FDA didn't just 'reissue emergency approval' for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine, it granted full approval

Aug 26th 2021, 5:41 PM 19,463 Views 1 Comment

There has been some confusion after an FDA document was misread by some people.

# debunked - Tuesday 24 August, 2021

Debunked: No, a 22-year-old Wexford woman did not die because she received a Covid-19 vaccine
# Nicole Cahill
# Nicole Cahill

Debunked: No, a 22-year-old Wexford woman did not die because she received a Covid-19 vaccine

Aug 24th 2021, 7:18 PM 3,670 Views 0 Comments

The claim has been shared widely online.

# debunked - Monday 23 August, 2021

FactCheck: Has the drug ivermectin been proven to be effective against Covid-19?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Has the drug ivermectin been proven to be effective against Covid-19?

Aug 23rd 2021, 12:05 AM 52,058 Views 0 Comments
  • The world's top health agencies say there is still insufficient evidence this medication is effective against Covid, Michelle Hennessy reports.
  • Studies are ongoing, with 5,000 volunteers recruited recently for an Oxford University trial.

# debunked - Sunday 22 August, 2021

FactCheck: No, masks were not shown to increase children's carbon dioxide intake
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# Debunked

FactCheck: No, masks were not shown to increase children's carbon dioxide intake

Aug 22nd 2021, 7:00 AM 13,131 Views 0 Comments

The paper claimed that masks increase children’s carbon dioxide intake, but multiple problems have been identified with its research.

# debunked - Wednesday 18 August, 2021

Debunked: No, images of refugees do not show there were 'just men' on planes leaving Afghanistan
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, images of refugees do not show there were 'just men' on planes leaving Afghanistan

Aug 18th 2021, 6:30 AM 69,471 Views 0 Comments

Social media posts have falsely described a photo from Turkey in 2018 as a flight leaving Afghanistan in recent days.

# debunked - Friday 13 August, 2021

Debunked: No evidence to support claim that 100 people a day attending CUH due to vaccine side-effects
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No evidence to support claim that 100 people a day attending CUH due to vaccine side-effects

Aug 13th 2021, 9:30 PM 28,443 Views 0 Comments

The claim has been labelled “entirely spurious” by the Clinical Lead of the hospital’s Emergency Department.

# debunked - Wednesday 11 August, 2021

Debunked: No, the media has not been told when future Covid-19 variants will be 'released'
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, the media has not been told when future Covid-19 variants will be 'released'

Aug 11th 2021, 6:00 AM 31,032 Views 0 Comments

The list of Covid variant ‘launch dates’ contained in the Instagram post is also inaccurate.

# debunked - Tuesday 10 August, 2021

Debunked: No, the World Economic Forum did not suggest reducing the age of consent to 13
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, the World Economic Forum did not suggest reducing the age of consent to 13

Aug 10th 2021, 4:30 PM 13,047 Views 0 Comments

Some social media users suggested that the satirical post was legitimate.

# debunked - Tuesday 3 August, 2021

Debunked: Photo shows World Cup celebrations, not an anti-vaccine pass protest in Paris
# France
# France

Debunked: Photo shows World Cup celebrations, not an anti-vaccine pass protest in Paris

Aug 3rd 2021, 3:25 PM 25,956 Views 0 Comments

Social media posts have falsely described a photo from France in 2018 as a recent anti-restrictions protest.

# debunked - Thursday 22 July, 2021

Debunked: No, the government can't vaccinate the children of unmarried parents 'by decree'
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, the government can't vaccinate the children of unmarried parents 'by decree'

Jul 22nd 2021, 6:00 AM 15,641 Views 0 Comments

Legal experts said the claim is a complete misrepresentation of the law.

# debunked - Saturday 17 July, 2021

Debunked: A claim that Australian students were 'accidentally' vaccinated is missing context
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# Factcheck

Debunked: A claim that Australian students were 'accidentally' vaccinated is missing context

Jul 17th 2021, 11:00 AM 27,070 Views 0 Comments

An “error” led to around 160 students receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine,.

# debunked - Friday 16 July, 2021

Debunked: No, 82% of women vaccinated against Covid-19 in the first third of pregnancy don't miscarry
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, 82% of women vaccinated against Covid-19 in the first third of pregnancy don't miscarry

Jul 16th 2021, 7:49 PM 27,209 Views 0 Comments

The claim has circulated widely on social media in recent weeks.

# debunked - Sunday 11 July, 2021

Debunked: Misleading Covid vaccine claims in Dolores Cahill's by-election leaflet
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# Factcheck

Debunked: Misleading Covid vaccine claims in Dolores Cahill's by-election leaflet

Jul 11th 2021, 12:05 AM 88,574 Views 0 Comments
  • Dolores Cahill claimed in a by-election leaflet that mRNA vaccines "have never been approved". This is untrue, Orla Dwyer reports.
  • Cahill also made a misleading claim about deaths associated with vaccine clinical trials.
  • Cahill was a candidate in the Dublin Bay South by-election. She was eliminated on the third count.

# debunked - Saturday 10 July, 2021

Debunked: A claim which describes 'major concerns' about the AstraZeneca vaccine is misleading
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# Debunked

Debunked: A claim which describes 'major concerns' about the AstraZeneca vaccine is misleading

Jul 10th 2021, 1:00 PM 33,134 Views 0 Comments

The claim has been shared on Facebook.

# debunked - Friday 9 July, 2021

Debunked: No, the Covid-19 vaccine figures don't include missed appointments
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, the Covid-19 vaccine figures don't include missed appointments

Jul 9th 2021, 4:35 PM 11,450 Views 0 Comments

An independent TD claimed that the official vaccine figures refer to the number of appointments made rather than doses administered.

# debunked - Sunday 4 July, 2021

Debunked: No, EU and US databases do not show that thousands of people have died from Covid-19 vaccines
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, EU and US databases do not show that thousands of people have died from Covid-19 vaccines

Jul 4th 2021, 9:00 AM 54,532 Views 0 Comments

Claims which rely on the EudraVigilance and VAERS databases are often misleading.

# debunked - Saturday 26 June, 2021

Debunked: No, you won't develop skin cancer from wearing sunglasses
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# Debunk

Debunked: No, you won't develop skin cancer from wearing sunglasses

Jun 26th 2021, 7:00 AM 12,956 Views 0 Comments

A social media claim is wrongly saying that sunglasses are harmful.

# debunked - Saturday 19 June, 2021

FactCheck: No, these claims in an anti-mask leaflet delivered to homes aren't true
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# Debunked

FactCheck: No, these claims in an anti-mask leaflet delivered to homes aren't true

Jun 19th 2021, 6:30 AM 20,177 Views 0 Comments

A leaflet by Anti-Corruption Ireland contains a list of false statements about masks and their effectiveness.

# debunked - Friday 18 June, 2021

Debunked: Yes, coronavirus antibodies protect against 'infection of the lung'
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# Debunked

Debunked: Yes, coronavirus antibodies protect against 'infection of the lung'

Jun 18th 2021, 6:00 AM 28,136 Views 14 Comments

A video shared online claimed that because antibodies produced as a result of the vaccine are in the blood, they don’t protect against Covid infection. This is false.

# debunked - Thursday 17 June, 2021

Debunked: No, the army hasn't been drafted in to 'forcibly' vaccinate prisoners
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# Debunk

Debunked: No, the army hasn't been drafted in to 'forcibly' vaccinate prisoners

Jun 17th 2021, 6:30 AM 8,154 Views 0 Comments

Vaccines are being rolled out on a prison-by-prison basis and jabs are administered by National Ambulance Service staff.

# debunked - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

'A distorted perspective': How anti-lockdown groups are using data to downplay the impact of Covid-19
# Mortality Misinfo
# Mortality Misinfo

'A distorted perspective': How anti-lockdown groups are using data to downplay the impact of Covid-19

Jun 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 25,558 Views 0 Comments
  • Anti-lockdown accounts on social media often leave out important context or misconstrue data to argue that the pandemic is not real.
  • A disinformation professor at DCU says online misinformation often draws on "a grain of truth" - and then distorts it.
  • Lauren Boland breaks down the official statistics and how you can find the facts.

# debunked - Sunday 30 May, 2021

Debunked: Claims by an ex-Pfizer employee about Covid-19 and vaccines are false and misleading
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# Debunked

Debunked: Claims by an ex-Pfizer employee about Covid-19 and vaccines are false and misleading

May 30th 2021, 12:05 AM 156,162 Views 0 Comments

Mike Yeadon is regularly cited by anti-lockdown groups.

# debunked - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Debunked: Messages shared on WhatsApp claim that scammers are calling people with their HSE data
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# Debunked

Debunked: Messages shared on WhatsApp claim that scammers are calling people with their HSE data

May 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 101,067 Views 0 Comments

Different versions of the message have appeared in recent days.

# debunked - Friday 21 May, 2021

FactCheck: No, insurance policies aren't 'null and void' if you receive a Covid-19 vaccine
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, insurance policies aren't 'null and void' if you receive a Covid-19 vaccine

May 21st 2021, 12:05 AM 27,185 Views 6 Comments

The claims about insurance cover were included in a video on Dolores Cahill’s Facebook page.

# debunked - Saturday 15 May, 2021

Debunked: No, Covid-19 vaccines didn't 'skip' or 'fail' animal trials
# Covid19 Facts
# Covid19 Facts

Debunked: No, Covid-19 vaccines didn't 'skip' or 'fail' animal trials

May 15th 2021, 6:30 AM 16,357 Views 0 Comments

All four vaccines approved for use in Ireland have been tested on animals as well as humans.

# debunked - Friday 14 May, 2021

Debunked: Multiple claims on Instagram about vaccines, face masks and Covid-19 tests are false or misleading
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: Multiple claims on Instagram about vaccines, face masks and Covid-19 tests are false or misleading

May 14th 2021, 9:30 PM 28,150 Views 0 Comments

The claims have been made in recent weeks.

# debunked - Saturday 8 May, 2021

FactFind: Information on suspected reactions to Covid-19 vaccines isn't being hidden - here's how can you find it
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactFind: Information on suspected reactions to Covid-19 vaccines isn't being hidden - here's how can you find it

May 8th 2021, 6:00 PM 67,699 Views 0 Comments

A recent article in the Westmeath Topic, which was reshared by other users on social media, suggested that this information is being hidden.

'My body, my choice': How some Irish wellness Instagram accounts became a hotbed of Covid-19 misinformation
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

'My body, my choice': How some Irish wellness Instagram accounts became a hotbed of Covid-19 misinformation

May 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 87,538 Views 0 Comments

The platform is being used to spread false information about Covid-19 in novel ways,.

# debunked - Friday 7 May, 2021

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan's nephew was not awarded a bike hire contract in Offaly
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan's nephew was not awarded a bike hire contract in Offaly

May 7th 2021, 3:04 PM 10,769 Views 0 Comments

The misleading article was widely shared on social media before it was removed by Gript.

# debunked - Saturday 1 May, 2021

That photo of Matt Hancock holding a bad pint of Guinness is fake
# Debunked
# Debunked

That photo of Matt Hancock holding a bad pint of Guinness is fake

May 1st 2021, 3:21 PM 100,052 Views 31 Comments

He wasn’t even drinking Guinness.

# debunked - Friday 30 April, 2021

FactCheck: Yes, Black people are disproportionately affected by fatal US police shootings
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Yes, Black people are disproportionately affected by fatal US police shootings

Apr 30th 2021, 6:00 AM 16,979 Views 0 Comments

Black people are fatally shot by US police at a higher rate than white people relative to their proportion of the population.

# debunked - Wednesday 28 April, 2021

Debunked: Misleading post gives inaccurate reflection of Ireland's excess mortality during Covid-19 pandemic
# Covid-19 Facts
# Covid-19 Facts

Debunked: Misleading post gives inaccurate reflection of Ireland's excess mortality during Covid-19 pandemic

Apr 28th 2021, 6:30 PM 22,757 Views 0 Comments

The post has been seen more than 20,000 times on Facebook.

# debunked - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Debunked: No, Travellers were not protesting outside a Dublin Pfizer plant for access to the Covid-19 vaccine
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Travellers were not protesting outside a Dublin Pfizer plant for access to the Covid-19 vaccine

Apr 13th 2021, 7:58 PM 41,137 Views 0 Comments

The claim was circulated on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook this week.

# debunked - Thursday 25 March, 2021

FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'
# Zero Covid
# Zero Covid

FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'

Mar 25th 2021, 6:00 AM 24,979 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar was talking about the Zero Covid strategy and mandatory hotel quarantine.

# debunked - Friday 12 March, 2021

Factfind: Has Ireland experienced 'excess mortality' since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic?
# Factfind
# Factfind

Factfind: Has Ireland experienced 'excess mortality' since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Mar 12th 2021, 6:00 AM 68,530 Views 0 Comments

Several posts on social media have tried to play down the need for lockdowns by pointing to excess deaths.

# debunked - Thursday 11 March, 2021

Debunked: No, all Direct Provision residents at Mosney are not receiving vaccine ahead of priority schedule
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, all Direct Provision residents at Mosney are not receiving vaccine ahead of priority schedule

Mar 11th 2021, 6:30 AM 12,507 Views 0 Comments

The HSE is still working through the first four cohorts in the sequencing list.

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