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# explainer - Wednesday 19 January, 2022

Explainer: What's the latest with Russia-Ukraine tensions and is an invasion likely?
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# Explainer

Explainer: What's the latest with Russia-Ukraine tensions and is an invasion likely?

Wed 3:01 PM 15,083 Views 42 Comments
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ukraine today ahead of talks with Russia on Friday.
  • Moscow has been accused of massing tens of thousands of troops near its border with Ukraine in preparation for an invasion.
  • The conflict in eastern Ukraine has so far left more than 13,000 dead.

# explainer - Thursday 13 January, 2022

The Explainer: What led to violent unrest in Kazakhstan?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What led to violent unrest in Kazakhstan?

Jan 13th 2022, 6:00 PM 4,766 Views 1 Comment

Click to listen to our interview with former Kazakhstan resident, and expert in post-Soviet countries, professor Donnacha Ó Beacháin.

Prince Andrew’s civil case: What is alleged to have happened and what happens next?
# Prince Andrew
# Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew’s civil case: What is alleged to have happened and what happens next?

Jan 13th 2022, 1:04 PM 13,014 Views 0 Comments

The motion to dismiss the case against the prince was denied by a US judge yesterday.

Explainer: How will the National Lottery's 'must be won' €19m draw work this Saturday?
# It Could Be You
# It Could Be You

Explainer: How will the National Lottery's 'must be won' €19m draw work this Saturday?

Jan 13th 2022, 12:40 PM 65,034 Views 29 Comments

The current Lotto jackpot has been rolling since Wednesday 9 June 2021.

# explainer - Monday 10 January, 2022

Explainer: What led to the crisis in Kazakhstan and what's happening now?
# Unrest
# Unrest

Explainer: What led to the crisis in Kazakhstan and what's happening now?

Jan 10th 2022, 4:20 PM 11,396 Views 14 Comments
  • The protests began after fuel prices doubled and tapped into wider discontent in the oil-rich Central Asian nation.
  • A harsh clampdown saw a 'shoot to kill' policy implemented and the deployment of Russian troops in Kazakhstan.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs issued advice to Irish citizens in the country.

# explainer - Thursday 6 January, 2022

Q&A: Digital Covid Certs are being updated for boosters - here's what they'll be required for
# Boosted
# Boosted

Q&A: Digital Covid Certs are being updated for boosters - here's what they'll be required for

Jan 6th 2022, 5:00 PM 59,963 Views 76 Comments

If you’re boosted, you’ll soon get a new EU pass.

# explainer - Wednesday 5 January, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?
# Funding Fertility
# Funding Fertility

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?

Updated Jan 5th 2022, 7:05 AM 11,733 Views 7 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how the private fertility sector is making millions as patients are left in debt.

# explainer - Friday 31 December, 2021

New Covid testing and isolation guidelines: Here's everything you need to know
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# Explainer

New Covid testing and isolation guidelines: Here's everything you need to know

Dec 31st 2021, 12:03 PM 90,190 Views 42 Comments

The changes are aimed at freeing up Covid-19 testing capacity and easing disruption to businesses.

# explainer - Monday 27 December, 2021

The Explainer: RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan looks back on Biden's first year as US President
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# Podcast

The Explainer: RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan looks back on Biden's first year as US President

Dec 27th 2021, 3:00 PM 12,332 Views 14 Comments

As he prepares to return to Ireland, the Washington correspondent shares his thoughts on the year in US news.

# explainer - Thursday 23 December, 2021

Why a jump in Covid cases on a given day doesn't always mean an official 'backlog'
# Test And Case
# Test And Case

Why a jump in Covid cases on a given day doesn't always mean an official 'backlog'

Dec 23rd 2021, 12:03 AM 30,912 Views 20 Comments
  • Recent spikes on specific days have led to claims of backlogs but what is actually happening?
  • It's down to the workflow required to turn positive swabs into official cases.
  • It shouldn't matter anyway because looking at trends will give you the accurate picture, writes Rónán Duffy.

# explainer - Friday 17 December, 2021

Explainer: What we know about Omicron and how effective booster shots might be
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Explainer: What we know about Omicron and how effective booster shots might be

Dec 17th 2021, 6:30 PM 20,978 Views 34 Comments

A new study from Imperial College London found that boosters are key to mitigating the impact of the variant.

# explainer - Thursday 16 December, 2021

The Explainer: Is Euroscepticism stronger or weaker after Brexit?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: Is Euroscepticism stronger or weaker after Brexit?

Dec 16th 2021, 6:00 PM 4,136 Views 2 Comments

Has Britain’s experience been a motivating force – or turned people off?

# explainer - Friday 10 December, 2021

Explainer: What's happening on the Russia-Ukraine border and how likely is an invasion?
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# Explainer

Explainer: What's happening on the Russia-Ukraine border and how likely is an invasion?

Dec 10th 2021, 1:08 PM 14,525 Views 10 Comments

Nearly 100,000 Russian troops have massed on the Ukrainian border in recent weeks.

# explainer - Wednesday 8 December, 2021

Explainer: Why is there uproar over a Number 10 party that happened last Christmas?
# Wham
# Wham

Explainer: Why is there uproar over a Number 10 party that happened last Christmas?

Dec 8th 2021, 2:51 PM 17,444 Views 10 Comments

A look at why Boris Johnson has launched an investigation into a “cheese and wine” gathering at Number 10.

# explainer - Sunday 5 December, 2021

What are face mask requirements for primary school children in other European countries?
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# Explainer

What are face mask requirements for primary school children in other European countries?

Dec 5th 2021, 7:30 AM 31,944 Views 57 Comments

Nine to 12 year-olds are now required to wear face masks in Ireland.

# explainer - Saturday 4 December, 2021

Wielding a gun with no ammunition: The UK, the EU and the battle over the Northern Ireland Protocol
# Article 16
# Article 16

Wielding a gun with no ammunition: The UK, the EU and the battle over the Northern Ireland Protocol

Dec 4th 2021, 8:00 PM 28,980 Views 18 Comments

It hasn’t gone away, you know.

# explainer - Tuesday 30 November, 2021

Pressure grows for patent waiver amid 'Covid vaccine apartheid' - so what's Ireland's position?
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Pressure grows for patent waiver amid 'Covid vaccine apartheid' - so what's Ireland's position?

Nov 30th 2021, 12:42 PM 29,183 Views 19 Comments

A mock funeral will be held outside Leinster House today to protest the Government’s support for EU’s efforts to block the TRIPS waiver.

# explainer - Sunday 21 November, 2021

What does the data we have tell us about Covid-19 outbreaks in this school year?
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# Explainer

What does the data we have tell us about Covid-19 outbreaks in this school year?

Nov 21st 2021, 7:00 AM 28,468 Views 30 Comments

A shift in how Covid-19 cases in schools are being dealt with has taken place this week – so how bad is transmission?

# explainer - Saturday 20 November, 2021

Here's how Europe is coping with Covid's fourth wave amid weeks of escalating cases
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Here's how Europe is coping with Covid's fourth wave amid weeks of escalating cases

Nov 20th 2021, 6:30 AM 34,699 Views 68 Comments

Increasing restrictions and measures targeting the unvaccinated are proliferating on the continent.

# explainer - Thursday 18 November, 2021

Explainer: Who is missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai and what allegations did she make?
# Peng Shuai
# Peng Shuai

Explainer: Who is missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai and what allegations did she make?

Nov 18th 2021, 1:04 PM 21,621 Views 23 Comments

Peng, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, has not been heard from for two weeks.

# explainer - Saturday 13 November, 2021

Limited lockdowns and restrictions on unvaccinated: How Europe is dealing with Covid wave
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Limited lockdowns and restrictions on unvaccinated: How Europe is dealing with Covid wave

Nov 13th 2021, 6:30 AM 23,519 Views 81 Comments

New measures are on the cards in several countries as cases continue to climb.

# explainer - Thursday 11 November, 2021

The Explainer: Why is there so much talk about Ireland's cows right now?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why is there so much talk about Ireland's cows right now?

Nov 11th 2021, 7:00 AM 2,984 Views 2 Comments

You guessed it – it’s climate change related.

# explainer - Wednesday 10 November, 2021

Explainer: Why tensions are flaring between Poland and Belarus over migrant crossings
# Poland-Belarus Border
# Poland-Belarus Border

Explainer: Why tensions are flaring between Poland and Belarus over migrant crossings

Updated Nov 10th 2021, 2:07 PM 26,635 Views 32 Comments

The situation has escalated rapidly since last weekend.

# explainer - Sunday 7 November, 2021

The government's health screening 'czar' wants people's input on how services could be extended
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# Explainer

The government's health screening 'czar' wants people's input on how services could be extended

Nov 7th 2021, 6:30 AM 9,670 Views 1 Comment

We see screening as something that is in the public ownership, Professor Niall O’Higgins said on why the public were being asked.

# explainer - Friday 5 November, 2021

What exactly is Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol and how does it work?
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# Explainer

What exactly is Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol and how does it work?

Nov 5th 2021, 4:41 PM 34,142 Views 17 Comments

The UK is again threatening to trigger the clause this week.

The Local Property Tax deadline is approaching - here's how to calculate and pay your bill
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# Explainer

The Local Property Tax deadline is approaching - here's how to calculate and pay your bill

Nov 5th 2021, 10:50 AM 106,185 Views 88 Comments

Over a third of people can expect to see an increase this year.

Heading into winter, how are other countries in Europe coping with the latest Covid wave?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Heading into winter, how are other countries in Europe coping with the latest Covid wave?

Nov 5th 2021, 6:15 AM 27,580 Views 26 Comments

Germany reported its biggest daily increase in cases since the start of the pandemic yesterday.

# explainer - Friday 29 October, 2021

Another fish fight: Why is the UK at loggerheads with France over fishing?
# Allies At War
# Allies At War

Another fish fight: Why is the UK at loggerheads with France over fishing?

Oct 29th 2021, 7:45 PM 10,876 Views 17 Comments

There is a disagreement about French vessels’ access to UK waters, and whose fault it is.

Explainer: Why has Facebook changed its company name?
# Meta
# Meta

Explainer: Why has Facebook changed its company name?

Oct 29th 2021, 1:25 PM 28,925 Views 23 Comments

Facebook has revealed a new company name and brand, Meta.

# explainer - Tuesday 26 October, 2021

'Both challenging and not ambitious enough': Why the carbon budgets are a huge deal for Ireland
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# Explainer

'Both challenging and not ambitious enough': Why the carbon budgets are a huge deal for Ireland

Oct 26th 2021, 4:41 PM 6,718 Views 14 Comments

Ireland’s first proposed carbon budgets were finalised yesterday.

# explainer - Sunday 24 October, 2021

Anti-vaxx groups' claims about Covid deaths among the vaccinated are misleading
# Analysis
# Analysis

Anti-vaxx groups' claims about Covid deaths among the vaccinated are misleading

Oct 24th 2021, 12:05 AM 74,505 Views 177 Comments

Anti-lockdown groups suggest that vaccines aren’t working – but the data shows otherwise.

# explainer - Sunday 17 October, 2021

Explainer: What is the Fuel Allowance and who can qualify for it?
# Fuel Allowance
# Fuel Allowance

Explainer: What is the Fuel Allowance and who can qualify for it?

Oct 17th 2021, 6:30 AM 34,029 Views 7 Comments

It was announced in the Budget this week that the Fuel Allowance would increase by €5 per week.

# explainer - Saturday 9 October, 2021

A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments
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# Explainer

A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments

Oct 9th 2021, 7:00 PM 13,910 Views 11 Comments

News of two developments brought the system into focus again this week.

# explainer - Tuesday 5 October, 2021

Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?
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# Explainer

Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?

Oct 5th 2021, 12:33 PM 37,199 Views 25 Comments

The platforms were down for around six hours yesterday.

# explainer - Friday 1 October, 2021

The Explainer: What does 'missing white woman syndrome' tell us about media coverage of missing people?
# The Explainer
# The Explainer

The Explainer: What does 'missing white woman syndrome' tell us about media coverage of missing people?

Oct 1st 2021, 6:00 PM 5,876 Views 0 Comments

On this week’s podcast we look at the discussions around the deaths of Sarah Everard, Gabby Petito and Sabina Nessa, and the issues about the media coverage of them raised on social media.

# explainer - Monday 27 September, 2021

The Explainer: Why are there fears about Ireland facing power shortages this winter?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why are there fears about Ireland facing power shortages this winter?

Sep 27th 2021, 9:50 AM 10,662 Views 11 Comments

In this week’s podcast, we look at what’s behind these fears, and how the supply of electricity works.

# explainer - Saturday 18 September, 2021

Ivermectin is not a proven treatment for Covid - so what's behind the demand in Ireland?
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# Explainer

Ivermectin is not a proven treatment for Covid - so what's behind the demand in Ireland?

Sep 18th 2021, 9:30 AM 25,926 Views 0 Comments

Health authorities across the world have warned of potentially serious side effects associated with improper use.

# explainer - Monday 13 September, 2021

Explainer: What is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme?
# EUSPA
# EUSPA

Explainer: What is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme?

Sep 13th 2021, 7:00 PM 5,277 Views 3 Comments

EUSPA was officially launched this year as part of the EU’s €14.8 billion space programme.

# explainer - Friday 10 September, 2021

What's going on with the government's Sláintecare plan for the health service?
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# Explainer

What's going on with the government's Sláintecare plan for the health service?

Sep 10th 2021, 8:00 PM 13,407 Views 15 Comments

The office in charge of the reforms saw two key departures this week.

# explainer - Sunday 5 September, 2021

How much do we know about the Mu strain of Covid-19, the WHO's latest 'variant of interest'?
# Mu Variant
# Mu Variant

How much do we know about the Mu strain of Covid-19, the WHO's latest 'variant of interest'?

Sep 5th 2021, 7:00 AM 44,090 Views 28 Comments

Four cases of this variant have been identified so far in Ireland, according to latest figures.

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