RTÉ is joining forces with City University London, the Telegraph media group, the Guardian and other news organisations to develop an app to combat "fake news".

Google has granted £300,000 in funding under its Digital News Initiative to researchers at City University for the project.

The web-based system, called DMINR, will help journalists to find and verify information in big data sets by using machine learning and artificial intelligence.

The software will enable reporters to verify, make sense of and fact check information.

The app will also be able to find connections in large data sets, something which can be useful for investigative journalism.

Once the system has been developed, it will be tested by users in 30 different news producers around Europe, including the Investigations Unit at RTÉ, the Guardian and Telegraph.

The two-year long project is being led by Senior Lecturer in Digital Journalism at City, Tom Felle.

It will provide a technological solution to the growing resource challenges faced by newsroom, he said.

"Few newsrooms have the capacity to undertake digital investigative journalism because of a lack of skills, resources and access to digital tools, yet this sort of accountability and public service journalism is vitally important for democracy," he said.

"Separating the news from the noise is key to the verification of digital information. DMINR serves to empower journalists by supporting them in identifying and making sense of connections in large, complex datasets."