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# debunked - Thursday 14 January, 2021

Debunked: A comparison of deaths between January and October 2020 and other years is misleading
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Debunked: A comparison of deaths between January and October 2020 and other years is misleading

Jan 14th 2021, 6:10 AM 51,565 Views 0 Comments

The post incorrectly compares CSO data for ten months in 2020 with previous years.

# debunked - Saturday 9 January, 2021

Debunked: Several claims about Covid-19 in a video featuring Dolores Cahill are false or misleading
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Debunked: Several claims about Covid-19 in a video featuring Dolores Cahill are false or misleading

Jan 9th 2021, 10:30 AM 126,269 Views 0 Comments

The video was posted online before Christmas and now has more than 1 million views.

# debunked - Friday 8 January, 2021

FactCheck: No, Pfizer did not say unprotected sex should be avoided after the vaccine because of risk from 'genetic manipulation'
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FactCheck: No, Pfizer did not say unprotected sex should be avoided after the vaccine because of risk from 'genetic manipulation'

Jan 8th 2021, 6:17 PM 28,789 Views 0 Comments

A false claim on social media suggests that a Pfizer document said vaccine recipients should not have unprotected sex for 28 days after receiving their second dose.

# debunked - Monday 4 January, 2021

Debunked: No, this is not a photo of a man attacked by George Nkencho
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Debunked: No, this is not a photo of a man attacked by George Nkencho

Jan 4th 2021, 6:02 PM 6,014 Views 0 Comments

An image being shared on social media is actually of an Everton football fan attacked in 2019.

FactCheck: No, George Nkencho was not a convicted criminal out on bail for attacking his girlfriend
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FactCheck: No, George Nkencho was not a convicted criminal out on bail for attacking his girlfriend

Jan 4th 2021, 5:51 PM 35,560 Views 0 Comments

A claim on social media says that George Nkencho had 32 convictions, but this is false.

# debunked - Tuesday 29 December, 2020

Debunked: No, a Freedom of Information request to the HSE did not prove that Covid-19 does not exist
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Debunked: No, a Freedom of Information request to the HSE did not prove that Covid-19 does not exist

Dec 29th 2020, 5:52 PM 33,603 Views 0 Comments

The claim originated in a series of posts by Anti-Corruption Ireland last week.

# debunked - Monday 28 December, 2020

Debunked: No, a former Pfizer employee was not correct to say there is 'no need for vaccines'
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Debunked: No, a former Pfizer employee was not correct to say there is 'no need for vaccines'

Dec 28th 2020, 1:51 PM 29,811 Views 0 Comments

Quotes attributed to Dr Mike Yeadon are inaccurate.

# debunked - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

Debunked: No, this US nurse who fainted after her Covid-19 vaccine has not died
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Debunked: No, this US nurse who fainted after her Covid-19 vaccine has not died

Dec 23rd 2020, 5:30 PM 88,105 Views 0 Comments

The nurse has said her fainting was not linked to the vaccine, but to a health condition she has.

Debunked: No, this photo does not show Paris 'in full out war' over Covid-19 restrictions
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Debunked: No, this photo does not show Paris 'in full out war' over Covid-19 restrictions

Dec 23rd 2020, 11:18 AM 1,974 Views 0 Comments

The photo was taken in 2018 when France won the World Cup.

# debunked - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

FactCheck: No, a claim by an Irish doctor that PCR tests have a 97% false positive rate is not true
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FactCheck: No, a claim by an Irish doctor that PCR tests have a 97% false positive rate is not true

Dec 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 40,357 Views 0 Comments

The video, which has attracted hundreds of shares and likes on Facebook, makes a number of claims about PCR testing.

# debunked - Monday 21 December, 2020

How anti-vaccine misinformation took aim at the Toy Show - and what can be done about it
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How anti-vaccine misinformation took aim at the Toy Show - and what can be done about it

Dec 21st 2020, 7:00 AM 43,846 Views 104 Comments

Ireland is seeing a lot of misinformation about vaccines right now – and there’s no sign of it stopping.

# debunked - Friday 11 December, 2020

FactCheck: Are RNA Covid-19 vaccines actually responsible for 'genetic manipulation'?
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FactCheck: Are RNA Covid-19 vaccines actually responsible for 'genetic manipulation'?

Dec 11th 2020, 3:03 PM 17,048 Views 0 Comments

A tweet going viral raises the spectre of some vaccines causing lasting genetic change to our cells, but this is untrue.

# debunked - Thursday 10 December, 2020

Debunked: No, Pfizer's head of research did not say the Covid vaccine is 'female sterilisation'
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Debunked: No, Pfizer's head of research did not say the Covid vaccine is 'female sterilisation'

Dec 10th 2020, 6:13 PM 30,848 Views 0 Comments

Social media posts making the claim have been shared thousands of times in recent days.

# debunked - Thursday 26 November, 2020

FactCheck: No, the WHO's Dr Mike Ryan didn't say that Covid-19 is 'no more dangerous' than the flu
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FactCheck: No, the WHO's Dr Mike Ryan didn't say that Covid-19 is 'no more dangerous' than the flu

Nov 26th 2020, 12:05 AM 26,547 Views 15 Comments

A number of different posts on Facebook with the same text have claimed that the assertion was made at a WHO briefing.

# debunked - Monday 23 November, 2020

Debunked: No, you won't need a 'vaccination passport' to receive social welfare
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Debunked: No, you won't need a 'vaccination passport' to receive social welfare

Nov 23rd 2020, 5:40 PM 23,634 Views 0 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that this is incorrect.

# debunked - Friday 20 November, 2020

FactCheck: Yes, the children's flu vaccine is authorised for use in Ireland
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FactCheck: Yes, the children's flu vaccine is authorised for use in Ireland

Nov 20th 2020, 6:15 AM 9,915 Views 0 Comments

Despite what the misleading claim says, the Fluenz Tetra vaccine has been authorised since 2013.

# debunked - Thursday 19 November, 2020

FactCheck: No, a German city has not ruled that compulsory mask-wearing is illegal
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FactCheck: No, a German city has not ruled that compulsory mask-wearing is illegal

Nov 19th 2020, 5:17 PM 20,914 Views 0 Comments

Guidance on mask-wearing in the German city of Düsseldorf has recently been updated, but the requirement to wear a mask has not been banned as claims suggest.

# debunked - Sunday 15 November, 2020

Debunked: No, the HSE hasn't said its coronavirus testing method is useless
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Debunked: No, the HSE hasn't said its coronavirus testing method is useless

Nov 15th 2020, 8:30 AM 22,460 Views 0 Comments

The PCR test is globally recognised as the gold standard method for detecting the coronavirus.

# debunked - Friday 13 November, 2020

Debunked: No, a Fine Gael Senator is not being paid €150,000 to sit on the board of Pieta House
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Debunked: No, a Fine Gael Senator is not being paid €150,000 to sit on the board of Pieta House

Nov 13th 2020, 5:51 PM 5,847 Views 2 Comments

None of the members of the board of Pieta House are paid for their work.

# debunked - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them
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Debunked: No, the Army is not going to chip children in schools so they can monitor them

Nov 12th 2020, 12:11 PM 15,623 Views 1 Comment

The incorrect claim is being widely shared on social media.

# debunked - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

Debunked: No, face masks 'sprayed with Teflon' are not causing flu-like symptoms
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Debunked: No, face masks 'sprayed with Teflon' are not causing flu-like symptoms

Nov 11th 2020, 6:10 AM 15,191 Views 15 Comments

This claim has been shared widely on Facebook recently.

# debunked - Thursday 15 October, 2020

FactCheck: Claim made in full-page Irish Times ad about Covid-19 deaths is false
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FactCheck: Claim made in full-page Irish Times ad about Covid-19 deaths is false

Oct 15th 2020, 9:16 PM 203,987 Views 0 Comments

The ad calls for an alternative approach to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

# debunked - Friday 2 October, 2020

FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading
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FactCheck: Many of the claims made about Covid-19 in a leaflet sent to Dublin households are false or misleading

Oct 2nd 2020, 12:01 AM 83,825 Views 90 Comments

The leaflet was distributed in the name of Anti-Corruption Ireland, an anti-government group.

# debunked - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

FactFind: Are Fine Gael's claims about Sinn Féin in a video published on social media accurate?
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FactFind: Are Fine Gael's claims about Sinn Féin in a video published on social media accurate?

Sep 30th 2020, 12:05 AM 55,325 Views 91 Comments

The video on Twitter and Facebook accused Sinn Féin of being “two-faced and hypocritical”. But were the claims in it correct?

# debunked - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Debunked: No, this photo does not show a skip filled with food waste from Dublin restaurants which were forced to close
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Debunked: No, this photo does not show a skip filled with food waste from Dublin restaurants which were forced to close

Sep 29th 2020, 7:15 PM 4,310 Views 2 Comments

The photo has been shared on social media in recent days – but it was actually taken in England five years ago.

# debunked - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Debunked: No, Smyths Toys is not closing its doors and going 'online only' in the run up to Christmas
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Debunked: No, Smyths Toys is not closing its doors and going 'online only' in the run up to Christmas

Sep 23rd 2020, 3:34 PM 39,989 Views 28 Comments

Several claims online say the store is to stop retail sales from next week.

# debunked - Friday 18 September, 2020

Debunked: No, the Covid-19 swab test cannot enter the brain and cause damage
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Debunked: No, the Covid-19 swab test cannot enter the brain and cause damage

Sep 18th 2020, 5:23 PM 24,680 Views 36 Comments

The Covid-19 swab is not powerful enough to break through bone, a professor said.

# debunked - Thursday 17 September, 2020

Debunked: No, Paul Murphy isn't recruiting and training actors to attend protests
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Debunked: No, Paul Murphy isn't recruiting and training actors to attend protests

Sep 17th 2020, 6:15 AM 30,422 Views 45 Comments

The fake advertisement was shared on social media following protests in Dublin at the weekend.

# debunked - Friday 11 September, 2020

Debunked: No, countries were not exporting Covid-19 test kits in 2017
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Debunked: No, countries were not exporting Covid-19 test kits in 2017

Sep 11th 2020, 6:10 AM 13,651 Views 12 Comments

It’s been claimed that the World Bank was recording exports of Covid-19 tests up to three years ago.

# debunked - Tuesday 8 September, 2020

Debunked: The claims in this Facebook video about suicide figures and number of Covid deaths in Ireland are inaccurate
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Debunked: The claims in this Facebook video about suicide figures and number of Covid deaths in Ireland are inaccurate

Sep 8th 2020, 8:23 PM 8,742 Views 14 Comments

In the video, Ben Gilroy makes a number of false and misleading claims about coronavirus and suicide in Ireland.

# debunked - Friday 4 September, 2020

FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true?
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FactCheck: Is this widespread claim about the recent number of deaths by suicide in Ireland true?

Sep 4th 2020, 12:05 AM 127,408 Views 58 Comments

The claim has spread widely on Facebook and Twitter and has caused significant distress.

# debunked - Thursday 3 September, 2020

FactCheck: No, Eamon Ryan did not fall asleep in the Dáil chamber again
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FactCheck: No, Eamon Ryan did not fall asleep in the Dáil chamber again

Sep 3rd 2020, 10:43 PM 80,467 Views 60 Comments

The Green Party leader has come in for criticism after a new clip appears to show him nodding off again.

Debunked: No, council staff have not been banned from entering a flats complex in Dublin because of Covid
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Debunked: No, council staff have not been banned from entering a flats complex in Dublin because of Covid

Sep 3rd 2020, 4:57 PM 33,756 Views 7 Comments

The claim, which is being shared in a voice memo on WhatsApp, is not true.

# debunked - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

FactCheck: No, Leo Varadkar did not say he supports forced vaccination against Covid-19
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FactCheck: No, Leo Varadkar did not say he supports forced vaccination against Covid-19

Sep 1st 2020, 3:50 PM 810 Views 0 Comments

A clip from a speech Varadkar made at the Global Vaccine Summit has been used to claim he said he supports forced vaccination for everyone in Ireland.

FactCheck: Does this photo show a protest against Covid-19 restrictions in South Korea?
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FactCheck: Does this photo show a protest against Covid-19 restrictions in South Korea?

Sep 1st 2020, 1:08 PM 503 Views 0 Comments

Posts on social media have represented anti-government protests in Seoul as anti-coronavirus restrictions.

# debunked - Friday 28 August, 2020

Debunked: Three false claims about Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman
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Debunked: Three false claims about Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman

Aug 28th 2020, 4:25 PM 1,164 Views 0 Comments

An image containing three misleading claims about the Green Party TD has been circulating online.

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%
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Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%

Aug 28th 2020, 3:52 PM 1,518 Views 0 Comments

Variations of the same post have been widely shared on Facebook.

Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine
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Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine

Aug 28th 2020, 2:44 PM 16,053 Views 21 Comments

Children aged two to 12 years can get the flu jab for free this year, but it’s not compulsory.

Debunked: No, 'Covid-19 sensors' have not been 'inserted secretly into every phone'
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Debunked: No, 'Covid-19 sensors' have not been 'inserted secretly into every phone'

Aug 28th 2020, 2:34 PM 468 Views 0 Comments

The post is part of a category of conspiracies that has targeted contact tracing apps launched to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Debunked: No, parents will not receive a consent form to let schools make medical decisions for children
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Debunked: No, parents will not receive a consent form to let schools make medical decisions for children

Aug 28th 2020, 2:21 PM 13,366 Views 14 Comments

The claim was widely shared on Facebook.

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