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# factcheck - Thursday 3 September, 2020

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

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

Sep 3rd 2020, 10:43 PM 81,023 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
# Debunked
# Debunked

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

Sep 3rd 2020, 4:57 PM 33,916 Views 7 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 1,119 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 612 Views 0 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 1,686 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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# Debunk

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 2,046 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
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

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

Aug 28th 2020, 2:44 PM 16,086 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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# Factcheck

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

Aug 28th 2020, 2:34 PM 489 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 13,732 Views 14 Comments

The claim was widely shared on Facebook.

# factcheck - Thursday 27 August, 2020

FactCheck: No, Clones' High Cross is not being moved 'because of Muslims'
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FactCheck: No, Clones' High Cross is not being moved 'because of Muslims'

Aug 27th 2020, 6:21 PM 1,612 Views 0 Comments

False claims on social media have suggested that Monaghan County Council is moving the cross to appease the Muslim community.

# factcheck - Sunday 23 August, 2020

Debunked: No, wearing a face mask does not 'disrupt pH levels' and increase cancer risk
# Carbon Dioxide
# Carbon Dioxide

Debunked: No, wearing a face mask does not 'disrupt pH levels' and increase cancer risk

Aug 23rd 2020, 12:05 AM 37,422 Views 136 Comments

A widely shared Facebook post incorrectly claims that wearing a mask causes people to breathe in their own carbon dioxide.

# factcheck - Sunday 16 August, 2020

Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news?
# Echo Chamber
# Echo Chamber

Groupthink, fatigue and divilment: Why do people share fake news?

Aug 16th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,725 Views 63 Comments

Misinformation has never been more widely shared in Ireland than during the Covid-19 pandemic.

# factcheck - Friday 14 August, 2020

Debunk: No, the first UK volunteer in a Covid-19 vaccine trial has not died
# Elisa Granato
# Elisa Granato

Debunk: No, the first UK volunteer in a Covid-19 vaccine trial has not died

Aug 14th 2020, 12:48 PM 28,910 Views 30 Comments

Elisa Granato was one of the first volunteers in a Covid-19 vaccine trial in the UK – and she’s alive and well.

# factcheck - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Debunked: No, you will not receive a €1,000 reward from Gardaí for reporting house parties
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, you will not receive a €1,000 reward from Gardaí for reporting house parties

Aug 11th 2020, 6:00 AM 38,300 Views 26 Comments

A poster in Dublin claims that Gardaí will reward members of the public if they report house parties.

# factcheck - Saturday 8 August, 2020

Debunked: No, you cannot catch Legionnaires' disease or pleurisy from wearing a face covering
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, you cannot catch Legionnaires' disease or pleurisy from wearing a face covering

Aug 8th 2020, 12:05 AM 37,352 Views 78 Comments

There have been fewer cases of legionella infection in Ireland this year compared to last year.

# factcheck - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan did not call Peter Tatchell a 'green legend and tireless LGBT campaigner'
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, Eamon Ryan did not call Peter Tatchell a 'green legend and tireless LGBT campaigner'

Aug 5th 2020, 8:30 PM 18,563 Views 14 Comments

A false tweet from the Green Party leader claims he said he was “excited to meet” Tatchell two years ago.

# factcheck - Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Factcheck: Are dognappers marking targets with stickers on ESB pillars?
# In The Doghouse
# In The Doghouse

Factcheck: Are dognappers marking targets with stickers on ESB pillars?

Aug 4th 2020, 7:30 PM 62,069 Views 37 Comments

Social media users have claimed that dog thieves are using stickers on ESB mini pillars to mark houses where dogs will be stolen.

# factcheck - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Debunked: The conspiracy theories around the so-called Hollywood drug adrenochrome
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# Debunked

Debunked: The conspiracy theories around the so-called Hollywood drug adrenochrome

Jul 29th 2020, 5:16 PM 459,362 Views 0 Comments

Theories claim adrenochrome is harvested from children in a trafficking ring.

# factcheck - Sunday 26 July, 2020

FactCheck: Will children be taught how to masturbate as part of their education from September?
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: Will children be taught how to masturbate as part of their education from September?

Jul 26th 2020, 12:05 AM 101,338 Views 94 Comments

The claim had been made by social media users.

# factcheck - Friday 24 July, 2020

Debunked: No, the HSE has not banned a Covid-19 treatment in order to later 'push' a vaccine
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Debunked: No, the HSE has not banned a Covid-19 treatment in order to later 'push' a vaccine

Jul 24th 2020, 10:00 PM 20,319 Views 31 Comments

A widely shared Facebook post incorrectly claims that medications which ‘cure’ the virus have been banned in Ireland.

FactCheck: Have 'only 8 people' under 65 died from Covid-19 in Ireland?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

FactCheck: Have 'only 8 people' under 65 died from Covid-19 in Ireland?

Jul 24th 2020, 7:30 PM 109,007 Views 93 Comments

This claim has been shared frequently in the past week – but it is misleading at best.

FactCheck: Can a common cold cause a positive Covid-19 test?
# Cold Case
# Cold Case

FactCheck: Can a common cold cause a positive Covid-19 test?

Jul 24th 2020, 4:17 PM 186,681 Views 25 Comments

A claim that started in the US, which suggests that a case of cold or flu, or a previous vaccine against them, can give a positive Covid-19 test result, has reached Ireland.

FactCheck: No, this photo does not show Obama visiting a Wuhan lab in 2015 to give millions to a 'bat project'
# Bat An Eye
# Bat An Eye

FactCheck: No, this photo does not show Obama visiting a Wuhan lab in 2015 to give millions to a 'bat project'

Jul 24th 2020, 6:00 AM 28,812 Views 34 Comments

A photograph of Obama in Maryland has been falsely attributed to a laboratory in Wuhan.

# factcheck - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

FactCheck: Did a Belfast bank post a notice describing balaclavas as 'unsuitable' face coverings?
# Natwest
# Natwest

FactCheck: Did a Belfast bank post a notice describing balaclavas as 'unsuitable' face coverings?

Jul 21st 2020, 1:00 PM 40,806 Views 27 Comments

A tweet sharing a photo of a notice at a NatWest branch suggests that the notice was displayed in Belfast.

# factcheck - Friday 17 July, 2020

Debunked: No, pressing ‘cancel’ twice on an ATM won’t prevent your PIN from being stolen
# ATM SCAM
# ATM SCAM

Debunked: No, pressing ‘cancel’ twice on an ATM won’t prevent your PIN from being stolen

Jul 17th 2020, 1:51 PM 24,372 Views 19 Comments

The false safety tip has been shared over 19,000 times on Facebook.

# factcheck - Wednesday 15 July, 2020

FactCheck: No, Croke Park will not be used for animal slaughter during Eid Al Adha
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# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, Croke Park will not be used for animal slaughter during Eid Al Adha

Jul 15th 2020, 5:22 PM 26,414 Views 74 Comments

The claim was made by TheLiberal.ie ahead of Eid Al Adha celebrations in Croke Park this summer.

# factcheck - Monday 6 July, 2020

WATCH: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
# Zoom Webinar
# Zoom Webinar

WATCH: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Jul 6th 2020, 6:00 PM 12,764 Views 9 Comments

A panel of experts explore one of the major ways the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives.

# factcheck - Friday 3 July, 2020

FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

FactFind: Here is how Covid-19 deaths are counted in Ireland

Updated Jul 3rd 2020, 10:55 AM 90,480 Views 101 Comments

A Hiqa report has noted a 13% increase in deaths in Ireland during the pandemic.

# factcheck - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland
# EP Webinar
# EP Webinar

Join the Zoom discussion: How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

Jul 2nd 2020, 6:45 PM 34,107 Views 0 Comments

Join TheJournal.ie and a panel of experts tomorrow to explore another way the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives.

# factcheck - Sunday 28 June, 2020

Debunked: Irish people in colonies were not slaves - they were indentured servants
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Debunked: Irish people in colonies were not slaves - they were indentured servants

Jun 28th 2020, 11:00 AM 96,993 Views 165 Comments

Posts that are being shared on social media claim Irish people ‘experienced the horrors of slavery’ more than African people.

# factcheck - Thursday 25 June, 2020

FactCheck: Does Ireland have the highest Covid-19 infection rate for healthcare workers in the world?
# INMO
# INMO

FactCheck: Does Ireland have the highest Covid-19 infection rate for healthcare workers in the world?

Jun 25th 2020, 6:00 AM 32,163 Views 44 Comments

The claim was made by INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha.

# factcheck - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

Debunked: No, all UK residents won't have to get microchipped starting from January 2021
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, all UK residents won't have to get microchipped starting from January 2021

Jun 24th 2020, 4:57 PM 12,844 Views 8 Comments

The letter was confirmed as a fake by the UK Cabinet Office.

# factcheck - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Debunked: This photograph showing Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein embracing is a fake
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# Debunked

Debunked: This photograph showing Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein embracing is a fake

Jun 23rd 2020, 6:35 PM 20,625 Views 0 Comments

The original image, which has been doctored, showed Trump with his daughter Ivanka in the 1990s.

# factcheck - Thursday 18 June, 2020

Debunked: Irish people were not the first slaves to arrive in the American colonies
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# Debunk

Debunked: Irish people were not the first slaves to arrive in the American colonies

Jun 18th 2020, 6:00 PM 61,811 Views 124 Comments

Slave trading from Africa to the Americas began around 100 years before 1619, and indentured servitude is not the same as chattel slavery.

# factcheck - Tuesday 16 June, 2020

Debunked: No, contact tracing apps have not been installed on every Android phone
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# Debunked

Debunked: No, contact tracing apps have not been installed on every Android phone

Jun 16th 2020, 1:52 PM 11,175 Views 21 Comments

The Department of Health confirms that the tracing app won’t be made mandatory.

# factcheck - Friday 12 June, 2020

Debunked: It's false to claim that fewer than 100 people have died directly from Covid-19
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Debunked: It's false to claim that fewer than 100 people have died directly from Covid-19

Jun 12th 2020, 4:16 PM 1,827 Views 2 Comments

Over 1,600 people with Covid-19 have died in Ireland.

# factcheck - Thursday 11 June, 2020

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar is not going to the Supreme Court to make a coronavirus vaccine mandatory
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar is not going to the Supreme Court to make a coronavirus vaccine mandatory

Jun 11th 2020, 8:00 PM 1,207 Views 1 Comment

Claims made in a Facebook post are confirmed to be false by Department of An Taoiseach

# factcheck - Friday 5 June, 2020

Debunked: No, "COV 19" was not found inscribed on a circuit board for a 5G mast
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# Factcheck

Debunked: No, "COV 19" was not found inscribed on a circuit board for a 5G mast

Jun 5th 2020, 5:50 PM 27,650 Views 42 Comments

The claim was made in a video that has gone viral on social media.

Debunked: No, leaving hand sanitiser in your car during hot weather won’t cause it to catch fire
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Debunked: No, leaving hand sanitiser in your car during hot weather won’t cause it to catch fire

Jun 5th 2020, 6:05 AM 28,443 Views 24 Comments

False claims on Facebook suggests the flammable liquid poses a threat if left in a hot car.

# factcheck - Thursday 4 June, 2020

Debunked: No, Italy hasn't discovered that Covid-19 is a bacterium rather than a virus
# Debunked
# Debunked

Debunked: No, Italy hasn't discovered that Covid-19 is a bacterium rather than a virus

Jun 4th 2020, 6:45 AM 42,959 Views 24 Comments

The Covid-19 disease is caused by a virus, not bacteria.