Since our initial verification by the IFCN, we have continued expanding the breadth of our factchecking to better reflect what is influencing decision-making of the general public in Ireland. So as well as having factchecked (at this point) representatives of all political parties and groupings in the national parliament, we have applied factchecking to the broader sphere of viral posts on social media, public debates on health and social issues, and made concentrated efforts to ramp up factchecks on topics of urgency in the national arena - eg, impact of Brexit on Ireland and on the highly-contentious referendum on abortion legislation here.
On the latter in particular, it has been vital for us to prove our impartiality to our audience in order for our factchecks to have credibility in the face of a perception that the Irish media has been weighted towards one campaign or another in this referendum. To this end, we've factchecked claims from both campaigns and updated our errors and clarifications page (which is public-facing) if we have found newer information that calls into question any previous factcheck verdicts by us. See here: (http://www.thejournal.ie/factcheck-updates-and-corrections-2987705-Sep2016/).
In order to ensure consistency, FactCheck uses a prescribed set of verdicts, whose details and requirements are clearly defined and publicly available (http://www.thejournal.ie/factcheck-thejournal-ie-readers-guide-2987611-Sep2016/).
In the past year, we have also expanded our suite of products to include factfiles and reader-driven research answers to better cover the service we can provide on disinformation on the whole.
This selection of links is to show the focus on the recent referendum but also the scope of the rest of our work from economy to health to politics to viral content in the past year:
FactCheck finding popular claim from abortion No campaign to be untrue - http://www.thejournal.ie/factcheck-uk-ireland-abortion-law-4027157-May2018/
FactFind testing unclear numbers from abortion Yes campaign - http://www.thejournal.ie/how-many-doctors-support-repeal-4030792-May2018/
FactCheck debunking health abortion link meme that went viral for Irish users - http://www.thejournal.ie/does-abortion-increase-risk-of-breast-cancer-3994788-May2018/
Research piece to answer reader Qs on constitutionality of current legislation: http://www.thejournal.ie/fatal-foetal-abnormality-4-4003585-May2018/
FactCheck on a persistent Whatsapp scam our readers alerted us to in their droves: http://www.thejournal.ie/factcheck-martinelli-virus-3968715-Apr2018/
FactCheck on media claims around a sensitive Brexit issue: http://www.thejournal.ie/factcheck-passport-3766834-Dec2017/
FactCheck vindicating a claim from the unpopular (in Ireland) alcohol sales group: http://www.thejournal.ie/factcheck-alcohol-bill-3690412-Dec2017/
FactCheck on a claim made by the Irish prime minister (he later had to retract his claim): http://www.thejournal.ie/fact-check-homeless-2-3693945-Nov2017/
FactCheck finding a claim on vaccinations made by a leading member of clergy to be misleading the debate: http://www.thejournal.ie/hov-bishop-factcheck-3620053-Sep2017/
FactCheck vindicating critics of government's housing policy but also contextualising the current crisis as having evolved from the 1980s in which that criticism was rooted: http://www.thejournal.ie/factcheck-social-housing-ireland-then-and-now-3594254-Sep2017/