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Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
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Debunked: London Police are not criminally investigating COVID-19 vaccines
Despite accusations of murder, terrorism, genocide, and torture, no credible evidence was given.
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FactCheck: Did the state build more social housing in 2022 than ever before, as Taoiseach claimed?
“We’ve never built more social housing than was the case of the past year,” The Taoiseach said.
Last month
January 2023
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FactCheck: The European Commission doesn't use the term ‘minor-attracted person’ instead of 'paedophile'
The term caused renewed controversy after featuring in a Scottish police report.
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Debunked: Misleading graph used to argue that non-vaccinated people achieved ‘Zero Covid’
Unvaccinated people appear not to be affected by the disease — until you count deaths
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Debunked: No evidence Ballaghaderreen doctors ‘only see Syrians and Ukrainians’ on Mondays
The National Party candidate who made the claim would not provide verifiable details
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Debunked: Claims that an NFL player collapsed due to a Covid-19 vaccine are completely unfounded
Multiple social media posts have incorrectly claimed that Hamlin’s collapse was caused by a Covid-19 vaccine.
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Debunked: No, refugees are not still being housed at a school in Drimnagh
A number of social media posts incorrectly claimed that pupils may not be able to return to the school today, prompting protests.
Last year
2022
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Debunked: Self-proclaimed ‘inventor’ of mRNA vaccines makes nonsense claims about spike proteins
A COVID-19 infection can unleash literally billions of virions inside the body, each with dozens of spike proteins on their surface.
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FactCheck newsletter: Covid, climate change and Ukraine dominated disinformation narratives in 2022
The ‘unholy trinity’ were prevalent throughout Europe this year.
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FactCheck: The recent cold spell is not evidence against climate change
Ireland has seen significant rising temperatures overall
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Debunked: Call to take mRNA vaccines off the market relies on dodgy death data
A group, chaired by a US senator, couldn’t think of another explanation for deaths during the pandemic.
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Debunked: No evidence that a rise in serious Strep A cases is caused by Covid or flu vaccines
More people reported having Caesarean sections shortly after receiving a vaccine than Strep A infections
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'A young girl has lost her life': Unproven claim about homeless death spreads from Facebook to the Dáil
The rumour has circulated widely online in recent days.
Voices
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.
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Debunked: Conspiracy theory 'documentary' repeats long-disproven claims about Covid vaccines
‘Died Suddenly’ is heavy on gruesome medical imagery, but light on facts
THE MORNING LEAD
Fermoy latest town to be visited by anti-immigration campaigners and misinformation
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Analysis: Activists exploiting the war and accommodation shortages by whipping up local community sentiment against asylum seekers.
After protests in East Wall, campaigners look to seize on anti-immigration sentiment.
Cork man Derek Blighe has undertaken a tour of the country over the past month to take part in anti-immigration rallies.
Fermoy locals hitting back with counter protest today.
East Wall protesters block Port Tunnel a second time over asylum seeker accommodation
Lynn Ruane: Some refugees are vilified for being from certain places or because they are men
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Debunked: Asylum seekers, not economic migrants, are being housed at the East Wall building
Multiple false claims were levied against asylum seekers and Ukrainian refugees
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Debunked: There isn't a secret UN army in Louth; the refugees in Carlingford are from Ukraine
Activists tried to film inside refugee accommodation
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Debunk: Turf is not an ‘agricultural crop’; burning it is polluting and unhealthy
It can take 1,000 years for a metre of peat to form.
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FactCheck: Do emissions from making electric cars mean they are not ‘green’?
Tesla has been criticised over the mining needed to make their batteries.
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FactCheck: Is the State the ‘biggest player in housing’?
The Taoiseach made this claim multiple times in the Dáil since 2021
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FactCheck: Iranian protesters have been arrested & killed, but 15,000 aren't sentenced to death
Justin Trudeau helped spread the claim, but later deleted his tweet.
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Debunk: No, it isn’t true that vaccines have little effect on COVID-19 transmission
Piers Morgan’s claim is contradicted by numerous studies
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Debunk: No, these maps don't show large areas of Irish cities that 'could be underwater’ by 2050
While the ‘stark images’ are alarming, they depict something else.
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Debunked: Five common climate myths and why they're wrong
As COP27 climate summit begins in Egypt, here are the facts on climate change.
Human health ‘at the mercy of fossil fuels’, report warns
World hunger at 'catastrophic' levels amid 'toxic cocktail' of conflict, climate change and Covid
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Debunked: No, the NI Protocol has not impacted on heart surgeries in Northern Ireland
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has said the Protocol is responsible for delays to cardiac services.
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FactFind: How much does it cost the State to train a doctor in Ireland?
Figures cited online range can vary by hundreds of thousands
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Debunked: Article saying Sinn Féin should apologise for the 1916 Rising was doctored
A fake article by “W Brittan” called the Easter Rising an “unprovoked attack”.
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Debunked: World Economic Forum did not say Covid lockdowns were test for ‘social-credit scheme’
Irish social media users shared a headline from a fake news site
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Debunked: No, excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not down to natural causes
Spurious claims were made by an Australian climate change denier
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FactCheck: Is the renters' €500 tax credit just worth seven days' rent in Dublin?
The claim was made by a housing charity after the budget was announced.
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Debunked: Protesters outside Russian embassy in Dublin were not chanting Nazi slogans
Putin claimed his invasion was to ‘de-nazify’ Ukraine
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Debunked: No, 35km queues of traffic have not formed at the Russia-Finland border
The videos posted on social media are not of the current situation on the border.
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Debunked: Climate change is real - it is not a 'hoax' or a 'scam' designed to control people
Claims on social media suggest that climate change is made up.
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FactFind: How many current TDs own houses that they rent out?
Some TDs who had residential tenants let did not declare the rental income
There are 160 TDs in the Dáil - but it isn't entirely straightforward to find out which of them also derive an income from renting houses.
An analysis by The Journal sought to find out, using the Dáil register of interests and by contacting individual TDs.
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Debunked: Tony Cascarino did not throw his takeaway in the bin and other fake queen claims
There were no Irish dancers at Buckingham Palace either.
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Debunked: Teacher wasn't jailed over pronouns, but for breaking a court order by going to school
Burke was sent to Mountjoy Prison this week.
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Debunked: A quote by Yuval Noah Harari that technology will 'replace people' is missing context
An image containing the quote has gone viral on social media.
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See how we’re fighting back with quality information every month – and what’s happening in the wider world of disinformation.
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Debunked: Figures on Covid-19 deaths and underlying conditions have been taken out of context
Covid sceptics are misinterpreting CSO data to make inaccurate claims.