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# Explainer

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# timeline
Explained: What you need to know about failed election declarations from Paschal Donohoe and SF
Fine Gael and Sinn Féin have consistently sniped one another over their failure to properly declare donations and expenses.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How did Ireland get so many Oscar nominations?
Listen in to hear reporter Aoife Barry on how it happened – and what it means for the film industry.
# Wood for the trees
Explainer: Why is a deal between Coillte and a British firm so controversial?
Here’s a breakdown explaining the deal, why it’s controversial, and what happens next.
This month
January 2023
# Podcast
The Explainer: Who is Andrew Tate?
Listen in to hear Dr Debbie Ging of Dublin City University explain more about the controversial online figure.
# donohoe to blame
Explainer: Why is Paschal Donohoe still in hot water over political donation declarations?
The Minister is now due to make a further statement to the Dáil on Tuesday.
# climate protest
Explainer: The story of Greta Thunberg and the small German village on brink of demolition
Here’s a breakdown of the circumstances of the protest in Germany and the activist’s short detention.
# SIPO
Explainer: Why is Paschal Donohoe in hot water over his expense declarations?
Sinn Féin have said that the Public Expenditure Minister’s explanation was “simply not credible”.
# Explainer
Plenty on the line as Irish provinces turn attention back to European Cup
All four provinces are in action on Saturday across a busy weekend in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.
# Explainer
Explainer: Why have Greece brought a case against Seán Binder and 23 other volunteers?
The case is before the Greek courts this week.
The case is before the Greek courts on the island of Lesbos this week.
The 24 co-accused could face lengthy jail terms if they are found guilty of charges including espionage and criminal membership.
The trial comes after the country's conservative government has vowed to make Greece "less attractive" to migrants.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How can you make your money go further in 2023?
Listen in to hear financial advisor Nick Charalambous give his advice.
# Damien English
Property questions take out another minister but this resignation is different to the Troy saga
English’s resignation is solely due to a 2008 planning application.
Fine Gael TD Damien English resigned his position as Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment today.
The Meath West TD resigned solely due to a 2008 planning application in which he failed to declare he owned a house.
Public scrutiny of politicians’ ownership of housing has ramped up in recent months following the controversy surrounding TD Robert Troy and his properties.
Fine Gael TD Damien English resigns as junior minister after reports about property ownership
A fortnight of apologies and clarifications that led to Robert Troy's resignation
# brasilia
Brazil's riots at Congress: what we know so far
Hundreds of people have been arrested in the wake of the riots.
Thousands of protesters stormed Brazil's seat of power in scenes which have been compared to the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol.
Footage posted on social media showed rioters breaking doors and windows to enter the Congress building before damaging property inside.
It comes just a week after leftist Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva was sworn in having defeated former right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro.
Brazilian authorities arrest 1,500 protesters after major pro-Bolsonaro riots
# kevin mccarthy
Explainer: Why can't the House of Representatives elect a speaker?
Twenty hardline Republicans are blocking their party’s candidate, Kevin McCarthy.
Last month
December 2022
# Podcast
The Explainer: What did 2022 hold for US politics - and what can we expect in 2023?
Listen in to hear columnist, Bostonian and lawyer Larry Donnelly explain how things went.
# reichsburg
A bizarre coup by German plotters loyal to the pre-WW1 Reich was foiled - what do we know?
The coup was allegedly spearheaded by a German aristocrat called Heinrick XIII.
# Strep A
Explainer: What is Strep A infection and how are people affected?
The HSE is investigating if a four-year-old child has died from Strep A in Ireland.
Last year
2022
# Explainer
Could Mastodon take over from Twitter - and how do you join?
We explain why the decentralised social media site is now in favour, and what makes it different.
# The North
Still no clarity on an election date in Northern Ireland, what's going on?
The NI Secretary has faced criticism for failing to provide clarity on whether he will call an election.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What’s the story with the women’s football World Cup?
Listen in to hear The42.ie reporter Emma Duffy explain.
# Explainer
Mortgage lending limits: What will the new Central Bank announcements mean for you?
An easing of lending restrictions announced today will make a mortgage more accessible for first-time buyers
# truss issues
Keep Calm and Carry On or quit: Is Truss certain to be ousted and how might it happen?
The British Prime Minister is battling to save her position despite several Tory MPs publicly calling for her to resign.
# Explainer
Disconnection moratorium: How will pay-as-you-go customers be impacted this winter?
The matter has been before the Dáil on multiple occasions in the last two weeks.
# episode
The Explainer: What will Putin's next steps be in his invasion of Ukraine?
Listen in to hear retired army officer Senator Tom Clonan explain what’s going on.
# Explainer
How Ireland could still qualify for the Euros even if they finish bottom of their group
Stephen Kenny’s side were handed a tough draw, with Netherlands and France the favourites to progress.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's happening in Brazil's closely-fought election?
Listen in to hear journalist Sam Cowie, who’s based in Sao Paulo, explain.
# Meningitis
Explainer: What is meningitis and what are the signs and symptoms to look out for?
While meningitis can affect anyone, it is most common in infancy and early childhood.
# tracker mortgages
Timeline: How the tracker mortgage scandal unfolded in Ireland
Bank of Ireland has been fined €100,520,000 by the Central Bank for its role in the controversy.
# bond buying
Explainer: Why the UK's chaotic financial markets forced the Bank of England to step in
The Bank intervened to try to bring surging yields in government bonds under control as they spiralled higher.
# Immunology
Explainer: What you need to know about the new adapted Covid vaccines heading into winter
Professor of Immunology Christine Loscher says the new jabs work ‘specifically against Omicron’.
# in the weeds
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
Reporter Anthea Lacchia and campaigner James Walsh tell Susan Daly about how almost all councils are still using pesticides.
# Swedish election
Explainer: The Swedish right are likely taking over, but what does it mean for Europe?
The country’s right-wing bloc is expected to oust the incumbent Social Democrats.
# Explainer
Explainer: Contempt of court and the potential for an indefinite prison term
Ireland’s contempt of court laws are derived from the ancient Common Law catalogue of past case law.
# Puzzle Pieces
Energy-saving tips: How can you tell which appliances use the most power?
If you’re looking to cut down your energy consumption, here are a few tips to figure out where it adds up.
# Explainer
Ireland's World Cup play-off route - and what they need now to clinch a seeded place
A complex, convoluted route lies ahead.
# holy land
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are religious property proceeds going to redress?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how over €90 million worth of properties were sold.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Is Ireland facing the threat of winter power blackouts?
Listen to hear Muireann Lynch from the ESRI explain.
# Housing Crisis
Explainer: What rights do tenants have against eviction in Ireland?
The number of evictions this year has increased significantly, according to the Residential Tenancies Board.
# Explainer
Explainer: Is Ireland heading into another recession?
Economist Stephen Kinsella explains the risks and the potential long-term fallout.
# the explainer
The Explainer: Is Ireland heading towards another recession?
This week we discussed how different a possible recession could look compared to the post-2008 downturn.
# Explainer
Labour leader Keir Starmer accused of 'own goal' for sacking an MP after he joined a rail picket
The British Labour leader has been accused of turning ‘a Tory transport crisis into a Labour story’.