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This week
14th April 2024 - 20th April 2024
Debunked: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not buy a British Royal residence
Last week
7th April 2024 - 20th April 2024
Debunked: Nazis falsely identified as members of Ursula von der Leyen’s family
Debunked: No, the European Union has not told Ireland to delay a general election
FactCheck: Are psychiatric patients in Canada given leaflets for assisted dying when they go to A&E?
Debunked: Posts advertising free online further education certificate courses are a scam
This month
April 2024
Debunked: Fake frame from Simpsons episode used to say show predicted Baltimore bridge disaster
Last month
March 2024
Debunked: A historical chart in an old IPCC report does not show that climate change is a hoax
Debunked: ‘Ireland will change forever’ conspiracy meme is contradictory and nonsensical
Debunked: Chart used to criticise Dublin actually shows ranking for homelessness services
Debunked: Anti-migrant video asks: ‘Anyone know where in Dublin this is?’ The answer: Germany
Arrested, disgraced, injured: Cryptocurrency scams promote hoax stories about Irish celebrities
Have you seen spam ads appear on your social feeds?
One scam recently came about after a hacking of an Indian politician's Meta account.
The Journal understands the account was compromised by hackers who launched more than 50 ad campaigns.
Celebrity scam ads appear on Facebook and X.com after less than a minute of scrolling through main feeds.
Debunked: A UNHCR article saying Ireland has given refugees the right to vote is 20 years old
Debunked: No evidence of children trafficked to Mayo as described in Senator’s tweet
Christmas cards and a Supreme Court case: The latest claims about the Family and Care referendums
Voters will go to the polls tomorrow.
February
February 2024
Debunked: Audio of Gordon Ramsay praising Irish protestors is fabricated, likely by AI
Debunked: The Irish Muslim Council has not put up stickers advocating for ‘Sharia Law’
Have you spotted any dodgy claims? Send them to us on WhatsApp and we'll check them out
Debunked: Norway has not deported 1,600 people from Somalia
Debunked: Galway Beo did not report that an old Eircom building would house 900 male migrants
FactCheck: Are there only 16,000 'natural' Irish speakers?
Debunked: Clip shows crowds at a pro-refugee rally last year, not an anti-immigrant protest
Debunked: Image of mountainous hay bales before Eiffel Tower is not a real photograph
Welfare payments, immigration and throuples: The false claims being made about the March referendums
Voters will go to the polls in the two referendums a month from today.
False claims circulating include that a Yes vote will negatively affect mothers.
Misinformation has also been spread about polygamy, and about changes to child benefit.
Independent legal experts say the proposed changes are symbolic and will have little impact in law.
FactCheck: The government is not offering tens of thousands to coax Indians to Irish islands
January
January 2024
FactFind: What is a ‘safe country of origin’ and how many asylum seekers come from one?
Debunked: Man arrested in Dublin City Centre was holding a toy gun, not a real firearm
Debunked: No, Ukrainian drivers aren't exempt from Irish laws or the need to be insured here
Debunked: Hoax ads featuring Alastair Campbell on the Late Late Show have proliferated on X.com
FactCheck: Could the 'women in the home' referendum erase all references to women in the Constitution?
Debunked: Ceann Comhairle did not say immigrants were responsible for rising antisemitism
Debunked: Video does not show a diesel-powered generator recharging an electric Bus Éireann vehicle
FactCheck: People registered to vote don’t need to reapply or submit ‘additional information’
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Debunked: Misleading claims shared in Roscrea amid protests at Racket Hall
Councillor clarifies claim about now-closed alleyway being used during Dublin riots
Debunked: Planning files do not show that Ringsend building was to be used for asylum seekers
Debunked: No media 'blackout' on reporting clash in Tuam, as rumours and footage spread online
Conor McGregor: Is the UFC's biggest star becoming a poster boy for Ireland's far-right?
Debunked: No evidence to support claim that Ireland's population will drop by 72.4% by 2025
Debunked: Piers Morgan catching Covid-19 is not evidence of VAIDS, a made-up medical condition