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From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Were media reports that a 17-year-old Dutch rape victim was euthanised correct? Factcheck

FactCheck: Were media reports that a 17-year-old Dutch rape victim was euthanised correct?

A story that a 17-year-old rape victim had been euthanised was reported by media organisations across the world.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did 'big crowds' gather in support of Trump during his UK state visit? Factcheck

FactCheck: Did 'big crowds' gather in support of Trump during his UK state visit?

On Twitter, Donald Trump claimed that big crowds gathered to support him during his state visit to the UK.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: No, 'child marriages' will not be recognised in Ireland following the divorce referendum Factcheck

FactCheck: No, 'child marriages' will not be recognised in Ireland following the divorce referendum

A claim circulating on social media said that the divorce referendum could mean child brides are recognised in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Does cannabis legalisation cause 'exponential' increases in the use of the drug? Decriminalisation

FactCheck: Does cannabis legalisation cause 'exponential' increases in the use of the drug?

The claim was made earlier this week by GP Dr Ray Walley in debate on cannabis legalisation.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did a top EU official say 'Northern Ireland is the price to pay for Brexit'? Factcheck

FactCheck: Did a top EU official say 'Northern Ireland is the price to pay for Brexit'?

The claim was made in a video shared from a pro-unionist Twitter account.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Will children aged 4 and under be taught about masturbation if the sex education bill becomes law? Factcheck

FactCheck: Will children aged 4 and under be taught about masturbation if the sex education bill becomes law?

The claim was made by a Renua local election candidate.

From TheJournal.ie Spotted a dodgy claim or a dubious statistic? TheJournal.ie is factchecking the European elections with 18 other newsrooms Factcheck

Spotted a dodgy claim or a dubious statistic? TheJournal.ie is factchecking the European elections with 18 other newsrooms

We want our readers to help us factcheck these European elections.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did the German parliament approve the Irish budget in 2011? Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the German parliament approve the Irish budget in 2011?

Irexit Party leader and European election candidate Hermann Kelly claimed that the German Bundestag approved the Irish Budget in 2011 before the Dáil.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did Nigel Farage coin the phrase ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’? Factcheck

FactCheck: Did Nigel Farage coin the phrase ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’?

Nigel Farage has claimed that he used the phase repeatedly during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.

From TheJournal.ie TheJournal.ie's toolkit for spotting false news Factcheck

TheJournal.ie's toolkit for spotting false news

Here are some simple practical tools anyone can use to identify misinformation

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Could the new royal baby become President of the United States? Reaching High

FactCheck: Could the new royal baby become President of the United States?

It’s all a question of being ‘natural born”.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did Michael Healy-Rae ask a question at yesterday's Oireachtas Sports Committee? Fact Check

FactCheck: Did Michael Healy-Rae ask a question at yesterday's Oireachtas Sports Committee?

The Kerry TD has been criticised for his contribution to the committee yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Do multi-denominational schools not mark Christmas or Easter with events? Factcheck

FactCheck: Do multi-denominational schools not mark Christmas or Easter with events?

It has been claimed that a move away from Catholic patronage in schools means these holidays would no longer be marked with events.

From TheJournal.ie Factcheck: Were 18,000 new homes built in Ireland last year? Just The Facts

Factcheck: Were 18,000 new homes built in Ireland last year?

Housing figures are always a point of contention – let’s clear this up.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Was there a plan to close the Luas Green Line for up to four years to construct the Metrolink? Metrolink

FactCheck: Was there a plan to close the Luas Green Line for up to four years to construct the Metrolink?

The Minister for Transport was among those to make the claim.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did Donald Trump predict Brexit at his Scottish golf course the day before the vote? Factcheck

FactCheck: Did Donald Trump predict Brexit at his Scottish golf course the day before the vote?

He repeated the claim in his Oval Office meeting with the Taoiseach. Is it true?

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Is Karen Bradley correct that killings committed by British forces during the Troubles were 'not crimes'? Factcheck

FactCheck: Is Karen Bradley correct that killings committed by British forces during the Troubles were 'not crimes'?

Bradley has come under severe criticism for her comments in the House of Commons yesterday, but is she correct?

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Is the National Lottery correct to say it exists 'for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes'? Good Causes

FactCheck: Is the National Lottery correct to say it exists 'for the sole purpose of raising money for good causes'?

It made the claim in a press release following the release of a gambling survey last week – but is it correct?

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Is the UK government considering an area near Newry for a nuclear waste disposal site? The Facts

FactCheck: Is the UK government considering an area near Newry for a nuclear waste disposal site?

The British government is seeking an area to build a geological disposal facility. But is it planned for Co Down?

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did Donald Tusk say there was a special place in hell for Brexiteers? Factcheck

FactCheck: Did Donald Tusk say there was a special place in hell for Brexiteers?

All hell broke loose after his speech in Brussels today – here’s what he actually said.

From TheJournal.ie Factcheck: Are there really only 100 lorries crossing the border every day? Border Crossing

Factcheck: Are there really only 100 lorries crossing the border every day?

A UKIP MEP claimed that only a small number of lorries cross the border daily – but is he right?

From TheJournal.ie Factcheck: Are Irish nurses among the highest paid in the world? Factcheck

Factcheck: Are Irish nurses among the highest paid in the world?

Nurses and midwives across the country will be on strike from 8am this morning.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Are supermarkets required to accept plastic packaging, if you leave it at the checkout? Recycling

FactCheck: Are supermarkets required to accept plastic packaging, if you leave it at the checkout?

Supermarkets have pledged that they take extensive efforts at recycling, but do they have to accept if you want to leave them behind?

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Does this tweet show the decline of the 'ethnic Irish' population from 2040 onward? Factcheck

FactCheck: Does this tweet show the decline of the 'ethnic Irish' population from 2040 onward?

It’s been claimed that Project Ireland 2040 will lead to a decline in Ireland’s native population – but is this true?

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Do all children's letters reach Santa before Christmas Eve? Christmas Cheer

FactCheck: Do all children's letters reach Santa before Christmas Eve?

He’s making a list, and checking it twice.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Has the US really defeated ISIS in Syria? Factcheck

FactCheck: Has the US really defeated ISIS in Syria?

Donald Trump claims the terrorist group have been defeated in the war-torn country – but is he right?

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Were Irish hospital staff told to stop calling patients 'love' or 'dear'? Pet Names

FactCheck: Were Irish hospital staff told to stop calling patients 'love' or 'dear'?

Yesterday it was described as political correctness “gone mad”, but did the HSE even say it?

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Are there really 20,000 possession cases before the courts? Arrears

FactCheck: Are there really 20,000 possession cases before the courts?

There has been a slowdown in the number of cases being issued, but it is unclear where exactly the situation stands now.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Are two Herbert Simms flat complexes in Dublin to be demolished? Factcheck

FactCheck: Are two Herbert Simms flat complexes in Dublin to be demolished?

There has been commentary online about plans for Pearse House and Markievicz House to be demolished – but are they set to be knocked down?

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Has the number of cases taken by banks over arrears halved in two years? Factcheck

FactCheck: Has the number of cases taken by banks over arrears halved in two years?

Brendan Burgess claims there is “no tsunami” of arrears cases now.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: How does President Michael D Higgins pay for his dog grooming bills? Aras 18

FactCheck: How does President Michael D Higgins pay for his dog grooming bills?

Businessman Peter Casey has repeatedly claimed that Bród and Síoda’s grooming bills are paid for using public money – but is this true?

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Who got it right between Higgins and Ní Riada in the debate over speaking rights? Race For The Áras

FactCheck: Who got it right between Higgins and Ní Riada in the debate over speaking rights?

The debate was over the rights of presidents to address the Oireachtas.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Is Varadkar right to say immigrants are more likely to be working than Irish people? At Work

FactCheck: Is Varadkar right to say immigrants are more likely to be working than Irish people?

The Taoiseach made the claim in the Dáil recently. But is it actually the case?

From TheJournal.ie Meet the team: TheJournal.ie's factcheckers Hello My Name Is

Meet the team: TheJournal.ie's factcheckers

Here are the editors and reporters behind Ireland’s main factchecking outlet.

From TheJournal.ie Factcheck: Can you buy a drink in Dublin with pounds? Brexit Claims This post contains videos

Factcheck: Can you buy a drink in Dublin with pounds?

David Davis thinks you can.

From TheJournal.ie Factcheck: Is the Health Minister proposing 'partial-birth abortions' in Ireland? Factcheck

Factcheck: Is the Health Minister proposing 'partial-birth abortions' in Ireland?

A claim that he is has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did singer Demi Lovato really pass away in late July? All The Facts

FactCheck: Did singer Demi Lovato really pass away in late July?

A claim shared over 90,000 times on Facebook grew traction after she was hospitalised.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Is Ireland really the most corrupt nation in the western world? Factcheck
From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach threaten to ban British planes from Irish skies? Shepherds Pie In The Sky

FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach threaten to ban British planes from Irish skies?

The UK’s Sun newspaper carried the front page “Irish PM: I’ll ban British planes as revenge for Brexit”.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Did Sweden shut down a music festival because of attacks carried out by migrants? Factcheck

FactCheck: Did Sweden shut down a music festival because of attacks carried out by migrants?

A Facebook post from TheLiberal.ie has been shared widely since it was posted earlier today.

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