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# factcheck - Wednesday 16 December, 2020

FactCheck: Was Micheál Martin right to say that the banks were not bailed out in 2008?
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# Recession

FactCheck: Was Micheál Martin right to say that the banks were not bailed out in 2008?

Dec 16th 2020, 6:56 PM 61,180 Views 0 Comments

The Taoiseach has suggested that the bank guarantee was an investment.

# factcheck - Friday 11 December, 2020

FactCheck: Are RNA Covid-19 vaccines actually responsible for 'genetic manipulation'?
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# Covid19 Facts

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

Dec 11th 2020, 3:03 PM 25,116 Views 0 Comments

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

# factcheck - Thursday 10 December, 2020

FactCheck: Have manufacturers provided 'incomplete testing data' meaning their vaccines won't be approved?
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FactCheck: Have manufacturers provided 'incomplete testing data' meaning their vaccines won't be approved?

Dec 10th 2020, 9:00 PM 16,657 Views 0 Comments

False claims have spread on social media about Covid-19 testing and vaccination.

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 53,301 Views 0 Comments

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

# factcheck - Sunday 6 December, 2020

FactFind: Have Covid-19 vaccines been tested among older age groups?
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FactFind: Have Covid-19 vaccines been tested among older age groups?

Dec 6th 2020, 12:05 AM 40,876 Views 0 Comments

Let’s take a look at how trials for the Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines have involved older age groups.

# factcheck - Friday 4 December, 2020

FactCheck: Was the UK able to approve the Pfizer vaccine before the EU because of Brexit?
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FactCheck: Was the UK able to approve the Pfizer vaccine before the EU because of Brexit?

Dec 4th 2020, 6:10 AM 20,392 Views 0 Comments

The head of the UK regulator who approved the Pfizer vaccine said its progress was “totally dependent” on the “rolling review” approach it took.

# factcheck - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Debunked: Is this photo from the recent RTÉ gathering?
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Debunked: Is this photo from the recent RTÉ gathering?

Nov 26th 2020, 5:50 PM 5,710 Views 0 Comments

Staff from RTÉ did have a social gathering earlier this month – but this photo does not show it.

FactCheck: Did the creator of PCR tests say they don't work for Covid-19?
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FactCheck: Did the creator of PCR tests say they don't work for Covid-19?

Nov 26th 2020, 4:09 PM 104,797 Views 0 Comments

Posts on social media have wrongly claimed that PCR testing is inaccurate and produces a high rate of false positive results.

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 28,792 Views 14 Comments

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

# factcheck - Monday 23 November, 2020

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

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

Nov 23rd 2020, 5:40 PM 25,543 Views 0 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 10,014 Views 0 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 22,328 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.

# factcheck - Sunday 15 November, 2020

Debunked: No, the HSE hasn't said its coronavirus testing method is useless
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# Covid19 Facts

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

Nov 15th 2020, 8:30 AM 23,161 Views 0 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 6,663 Views 2 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 16,435 Views 0 Comments

The incorrect claim is being widely shared on social media.

# factcheck - Wednesday 11 November, 2020

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

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

Nov 11th 2020, 6:10 AM 16,957 Views 15 Comments

This claim has been shared widely on Facebook recently.

# factcheck - Monday 2 November, 2020

FactCheck: No, care home residents in Ireland did not die two days after receiving a flu vaccine
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FactCheck: No, care home residents in Ireland did not die two days after receiving a flu vaccine

Nov 2nd 2020, 6:17 PM 31,063 Views 16 Comments

A social media post claims older people have been given a higher dose of the vaccine as part of a “culling agenda”.

# factcheck - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

FactCheck: No, a 6-year-old boy has not been kidnapped in Navan
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FactCheck: No, a 6-year-old boy has not been kidnapped in Navan

Oct 27th 2020, 2:01 PM 3,114 Views 7 Comments

Posts containing this false claim have been shared on Facebook recently.

# factcheck - Friday 23 October, 2020

FactFind: Were self-harm and suicide statistics measured during the pandemic?
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FactFind: Were self-harm and suicide statistics measured during the pandemic?

Oct 23rd 2020, 12:05 AM 29,262 Views 0 Comments

A TD said on RTÉ Radio One at the weekend: “We have stopped measuring suicide and self-harm in this country.”

# factcheck - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

FactFind: Has the World Health Organisation changed its position on lockdowns?
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FactFind: Has the World Health Organisation changed its position on lockdowns?

Oct 20th 2020, 12:05 AM 58,189 Views 0 Comments

No. It hasn’t.

# factcheck - 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 205,032 Views 0 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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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# Debunked

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 86,654 Views 90 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 55,629 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?

# factcheck - 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 4,342 Views 2 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 40,437 Views 28 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 30,531 Views 43 Comments

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

# factcheck - Friday 11 September, 2020

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July
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# Misinformation

Debunked: No, there weren't 'only 717 deaths' in Ireland in July

Sep 11th 2020, 5:40 PM 56,912 Views 0 Comments

The figures in question refer to the number of deaths registered for that month so far, not the total number of people who died.

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

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

Sep 11th 2020, 6:10 AM 16,345 Views 12 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 10,102 Views 14 Comments

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

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland
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# Misinformation

FactFind: No, it's not correct to say just 100 people have died from Covid-19 in Ireland

Sep 8th 2020, 4:08 PM 158,905 Views 114 Comments

A widely shared Facebook video incorrectly claims that 100 people, not 1,777, have died because of the virus in Ireland.

# factcheck - 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 138,168 Views 61 Comments

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

# factcheck - 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 81,227 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

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

Sep 3rd 2020, 4:57 PM 33,952 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 1,278 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 674 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 1,843 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 2,149 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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# 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 16,130 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 498 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 13,943 Views 14 Comments

The claim was widely shared on Facebook.