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Timeline: How the tracker mortgage scandal unfolded in Ireland
# Tracker Mortgages
# Tracker Mortgages

Timeline: How the tracker mortgage scandal unfolded in Ireland

5 hours ago 4,277 Views 0 Comments

Bank of Ireland has been fined €100,520,000 by the Central Bank for its role in the controversy.

# explainer - Yesterday's News

Explainer: Why the UK's chaotic financial markets forced the Bank of England to step in
# Bond Buying
# Bond Buying

Explainer: Why the UK's chaotic financial markets forced the Bank of England to step in

Wed 6:20 PM 20,745 Views 14 Comments

The Bank intervened to try to bring surging yields in government bonds under control as they spiralled higher.

# explainer - Monday 26 September, 2022

Explainer: What you need to know about the new adapted Covid vaccines heading into winter
# Immunology
# Immunology

Explainer: What you need to know about the new adapted Covid vaccines heading into winter

Mon 12:05 AM 27,293 Views 23 Comments

Professor of Immunology Christine Loscher says the new jabs work ‘specifically against Omicron’.

# explainer - Tuesday 20 September, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
# In The Weeds
# In The Weeds

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?

Updated Sep 20th 2022, 7:45 PM 5,684 Views 0 Comments

Reporter Anthea Lacchia and campaigner James Walsh tell Susan Daly about how almost all councils are still using pesticides.

# explainer - Wednesday 14 September, 2022

Explainer: The Swedish right are likely taking over, but what does it mean for Europe?
# Swedish Election
# Swedish Election

Explainer: The Swedish right are likely taking over, but what does it mean for Europe?

Sep 14th 2022, 6:30 AM 24,318 Views 36 Comments

The country’s right-wing bloc is expected to oust the incumbent Social Democrats.

# explainer - Sunday 11 September, 2022

Explainer: Contempt of court and the potential for an indefinite prison term
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: Contempt of court and the potential for an indefinite prison term

Sep 11th 2022, 8:30 AM 18,708 Views 0 Comments

Ireland’s contempt of court laws are derived from the ancient Common Law catalogue of past case law.

# explainer - Saturday 3 September, 2022

Energy-saving tips: How can you tell which appliances use the most power?
# Puzzle Pieces
# Puzzle Pieces

Energy-saving tips: How can you tell which appliances use the most power?

Sep 3rd 2022, 12:10 AM 70,229 Views 62 Comments

If you’re looking to cut down your energy consumption, here are a few tips to figure out where it adds up.

# explainer - Friday 2 September, 2022

Ireland's World Cup play-off route - and what they need now to clinch a seeded place
# Explainer
From The42
# Explainer

Ireland's World Cup play-off route - and what they need now to clinch a seeded place

Sep 2nd 2022, 2:46 PM 17,931 Views 3 Comments

A complex, convoluted route lies ahead.

# explainer - Tuesday 30 August, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are religious property proceeds going to redress?
# Holy Land
# Holy Land

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are religious property proceeds going to redress?

Aug 30th 2022, 5:45 PM 7,129 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how over €90 million worth of properties were sold.

# explainer - Friday 19 August, 2022

The Explainer: Is Ireland facing the threat of winter power blackouts?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Is Ireland facing the threat of winter power blackouts?

Aug 19th 2022, 6:00 PM 8,975 Views 0 Comments

Listen to hear Muireann Lynch from the ESRI explain.

# explainer - Tuesday 9 August, 2022

Explainer: What rights do tenants have against eviction in Ireland?
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Explainer: What rights do tenants have against eviction in Ireland?

Aug 9th 2022, 2:52 PM 18,201 Views 32 Comments

The number of evictions this year has increased significantly, according to the Residential Tenancies Board.

# explainer - Saturday 30 July, 2022

Explainer: Is Ireland heading into another recession?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: Is Ireland heading into another recession?

Jul 30th 2022, 7:00 AM 41,637 Views 33 Comments

Economist Stephen Kinsella explains the risks and the potential long-term fallout.

# explainer - Thursday 28 July, 2022

The Explainer: Is Ireland heading towards another recession?
# The Explainer
# The Explainer

The Explainer: Is Ireland heading towards another recession?

Jul 28th 2022, 5:10 PM 20,006 Views 15 Comments

This week we discussed how different a possible recession could look compared to the post-2008 downturn.

Labour leader Keir Starmer accused of 'own goal' for sacking an MP after he joined a rail picket
# Explainer
# Explainer

Labour leader Keir Starmer accused of 'own goal' for sacking an MP after he joined a rail picket

Jul 28th 2022, 3:30 PM 17,505 Views 36 Comments

The British Labour leader has been accused of turning ‘a Tory transport crisis into a Labour story’.

# explainer - Tuesday 26 July, 2022

Shamrock Rovers to face champions of North Macedonia in Europa League
# Explainer
From The42
# Explainer

Shamrock Rovers to face champions of North Macedonia in Europa League

Jul 26th 2022, 11:07 PM 6,601 Views 1 Comment

We explain Rovers’ route to group stage football following their Champions League exit.

# explainer - Monday 25 July, 2022

Crunch time for coalition as agriculture emissions divide parties ahead of Cabinet
# Hitting The Ceiling
# Hitting The Ceiling

Crunch time for coalition as agriculture emissions divide parties ahead of Cabinet

Updated Jul 25th 2022, 7:02 PM 21,180 Views 80 Comments

Cabinet ministers may approve sectoral targets for reducing emissions on Wednesday – but only if a dispute over agriculture can be resolved.

# explainer - Wednesday 20 July, 2022

Explainer: Here's how (and why) sectors are being told to cut their emissions
# Breakdown
# Breakdown

Explainer: Here's how (and why) sectors are being told to cut their emissions

Jul 20th 2022, 6:30 AM 13,833 Views 62 Comments

There’s been push and pull within government over the limits, especially in relation to agriculture.

# explainer - Friday 15 July, 2022

The Explainer: Will Dublin’s metro actually be built this time around?
# Explainer
# Explainer

The Explainer: Will Dublin’s metro actually be built this time around?

Jul 15th 2022, 10:45 AM 7,991 Views 10 Comments

Listen in to hear public transport expert Brian Caulfield of Trinity College Dublin explain.

# explainer - Wednesday 13 July, 2022

Explainer: How 'deeply controversial' planning law changes could lead to 'years of litigation'
# What's The Rush?
# What's The Rush?

Explainer: How 'deeply controversial' planning law changes could lead to 'years of litigation'

Jul 13th 2022, 12:05 AM 22,825 Views 10 Comments
  • A proposed Bill with last-minute amendments impacting judicial reviews is being voted on tonight
  • These could cause 'serious legal issues', with one 'incompatible' with EU law, a solicitor told Noteworthy
  • Changes criticised by politicians and environmental NGOs but welcomed by construction industry

# explainer - Saturday 9 July, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
# Factory Farm
# Factory Farm

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?

Jul 9th 2022, 9:30 AM 3,628 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly about concerns over the cross-border poultry manure trade.

# explainer - Thursday 7 July, 2022

The Explainer: Why are energy prices still going up?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why are energy prices still going up?

Jul 7th 2022, 6:00 PM 5,240 Views 2 Comments

Listen in to our interview with Daragh Cassidy of Bonkers.ie to find out more.

# explainer - Sunday 3 July, 2022

Here's everything you need to know about Euro 2022
# Explainer
From The42
# Explainer

Here's everything you need to know about Euro 2022

Jul 3rd 2022, 7:30 AM 16,070 Views 0 Comments

The tournament begins at Old Trafford on Wednesday as hosts England face Austria.

# explainer - Saturday 2 July, 2022

The Explainer: What Roe v Wade being overturned could mean for other US laws
# The Explainer
# The Explainer

The Explainer: What Roe v Wade being overturned could mean for other US laws

Jul 2nd 2022, 6:30 AM 9,057 Views 19 Comments

The landmark decision means Americans no longer have a constitutional right to abortion.

# explainer - Thursday 30 June, 2022

The Explainer: Why was Roe v Wade overturned - and what could it mean for US laws?
# Explainer
# Explainer

The Explainer: Why was Roe v Wade overturned - and what could it mean for US laws?

Jun 30th 2022, 6:00 PM 4,416 Views 9 Comments

Listen in to our interview with Dr David Kenny of Trinity College School of Law to find out more.

Explainer: What counts as EU funding and where does it go?
# Factfind
# Factfind

Explainer: What counts as EU funding and where does it go?

Jun 30th 2022, 1:00 PM 4,200 Views 1 Comment

…And where has Ireland received – and given back to the whole process?

# explainer - Friday 24 June, 2022

From candidate to Council: the long road ahead of Ukraine in the EU
# Explainer
# Explainer

From candidate to Council: the long road ahead of Ukraine in the EU

Jun 24th 2022, 9:30 PM 8,981 Views 7 Comments

Vote to make Ukraine an official candidate for the EU hailed as “defining moment” – but the journey has just begun.

The US Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade: Here's what the impact will be
# Explainer
# Explainer

The US Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade: Here's what the impact will be

Jun 24th 2022, 4:32 PM 20,797 Views 21 Comments

Concerns about Roe v. Wade were first raised after a draft Supreme Court opinion was leaked.

# explainer - Thursday 16 June, 2022

The European Parliament has the second largest electorate in the world. How does it actually work?
# Explainer
# Explainer

The European Parliament has the second largest electorate in the world. How does it actually work?

Jun 16th 2022, 8:00 PM 6,888 Views 8 Comments

Historically, the Parliament lacked legislative power – but the Lisbon Treaty aimed to fix that.

The Explainer: Why have homeless figures risen in Ireland?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why have homeless figures risen in Ireland?

Jun 16th 2022, 6:31 PM 4,291 Views 3 Comments

We speak to Mike Allen from Focus Ireland to find out more.

# explainer - Thursday 9 June, 2022

Explainer: Would Ireland be required to have a referendum before joining Nato?
# Explained
# Explained

Explainer: Would Ireland be required to have a referendum before joining Nato?

Jun 9th 2022, 6:22 PM 22,905 Views 49 Comments

The Taoiseach has said a referendum wouldn’t be required – constitutional law experts disagree.

# explainer - Wednesday 25 May, 2022

Explainer: What are the laws in Texas around buying and using semi-automatic weapons?
# Uvalde Shooting
# Uvalde Shooting

Explainer: What are the laws in Texas around buying and using semi-automatic weapons?

May 25th 2022, 1:58 PM 10,436 Views 4 Comments

The shooting at Uvalde has once again raised the question of gun control in the US.

# explainer - Monday 23 May, 2022

A new Covid variant of concern has been detected in Ireland - what do we know about it?
# Omicron
# Omicron

A new Covid variant of concern has been detected in Ireland - what do we know about it?

May 23rd 2022, 3:09 PM 34,945 Views 28 Comments

BA.4 and BA.5 were identified by the ECDC as variants of concern earlier this month.

# explainer - Thursday 19 May, 2022

What is monkeypox and why are cases spreading in the UK and Europe?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What is monkeypox and why are cases spreading in the UK and Europe?

May 19th 2022, 2:10 PM 44,910 Views 16 Comments

The virus usually spreads only in Central and West Africa.

# explainer - Wednesday 18 May, 2022

Explainer: Where 'clinically appropriate' stands as Government green lights NMH deal
# Maternity Care
# Maternity Care

Explainer: Where 'clinically appropriate' stands as Government green lights NMH deal

May 18th 2022, 4:00 PM 5,284 Views 8 Comments

The term has been defined in the government’s decision but not the legal documents of the agreement.

# explainer - Thursday 12 May, 2022

The Explainer: What does the election result mean for the future of Northern Ireland?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What does the election result mean for the future of Northern Ireland?

May 12th 2022, 6:30 PM 3,140 Views 0 Comments

Listen in to be brought up to speed about the weekend’s seismic election result.

Explainer: What we know about the recent spate of acute hepatitis in children
# Clusters
# Clusters

Explainer: What we know about the recent spate of acute hepatitis in children

May 12th 2022, 1:33 PM 10,299 Views 1 Comment

There have been six probable cases of the illness in Ireland, and one child has sadly died.

# explainer - Thursday 5 May, 2022

The Explainer: In the age of disinformation and misinformation, how does factchecking work?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: In the age of disinformation and misinformation, how does factchecking work?

May 5th 2022, 6:00 PM 3,120 Views 0 Comments

The Good Information Project has been looking at the fight against misinfo and disinfo, and this week on the podcast we’re taking a look at how factchecking and how it works.

# explainer - Tuesday 3 May, 2022

What’s going on with the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital and why are people unhappy?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What’s going on with the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital and why are people unhappy?

May 3rd 2022, 3:57 PM 18,900 Views 21 Comments

The long-running controversy is back in the headlines this week.

Roe v Wade: What you need to know about the 1973 case that enshrined US abortion rights
# Explainer
# Explainer

Roe v Wade: What you need to know about the 1973 case that enshrined US abortion rights

May 3rd 2022, 8:39 AM 13,050 Views 64 Comments

Jane Roe – a pseudonym for Norma McCorvey – sued the Dallas Attorney General, Henry Wade.

# explainer - Thursday 28 April, 2022

The Explainer: What is the situation like for people fleeing Ukraine now?
# The Explainer
# The Explainer

The Explainer: What is the situation like for people fleeing Ukraine now?

Apr 28th 2022, 5:30 PM 2,863 Views 0 Comments

Listen to hear what reporter Céimin Burke saw while reporting from the Polish-Ukrainian border last week.

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