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# explainer - This year 2022

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

The Explainer: Why have homeless figures risen in Ireland?

Jun 16th 2022, 6:31 PM 4,304 Views 3 Comments

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

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

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

Jun 9th 2022, 6:22 PM 22,978 Views 49 Comments

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

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 10,477 Views 4 Comments

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

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 34,968 Views 28 Comments

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

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

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

May 19th 2022, 2:10 PM 44,919 Views 16 Comments

The virus usually spreads only in Central and West Africa.

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 5,289 Views 8 Comments

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

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 3,161 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 10,309 Views 1 Comment

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

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

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

May 5th 2022, 6:00 PM 3,175 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.

What’s going on with the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital and why are people unhappy?
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# 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 18,941 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
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# Explainer

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

May 3rd 2022, 8:39 AM 13,059 Views 64 Comments

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

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 2,873 Views 0 Comments

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

Russia-Ukraine war spilling into Moldova would have 'far-reaching implications for EU and NATO'
# Transnistria
# Transnistria

Russia-Ukraine war spilling into Moldova would have 'far-reaching implications for EU and NATO'

Updated Apr 27th 2022, 9:20 PM 44,559 Views 32 Comments

There has been a series of explosions in recent days and a Russian commander claimed Russian speakers in Moldova are being oppressed.

The Explainer: How are war crimes investigated and prosecuted?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: How are war crimes investigated and prosecuted?

Apr 14th 2022, 6:00 PM 3,738 Views 0 Comments

Listen to expert Professor Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway explain.

Explainer: How could it be determined that Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine?
# Mariupol
# Mariupol

Explainer: How could it be determined that Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine?

Apr 12th 2022, 6:30 PM 7,326 Views 2 Comments

There are unconfirmed reports that chemical weapons were used in the city of Mariupol.

The Explainer: What does the census do?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What does the census do?

Mar 31st 2022, 11:00 AM 5,389 Views 7 Comments

Listen in to hear how the census works, and why it’s important.

The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work
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# Explainer

The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work

Mar 29th 2022, 6:29 PM 18,823 Views 15 Comments

The auto-enrolment pension scheme is set to come into effect in early 2024.

Explainer: What changes are being made to the Leaving Certificate?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What changes are being made to the Leaving Certificate?

Mar 29th 2022, 3:38 PM 14,571 Views 3 Comments

Major reforms to the Leaving Cert are to be brought in beginning in 2023.

The world of the mega-rich oligarchs and how it's being exploded by Putin
# From Russia With Cash
# From Russia With Cash

The world of the mega-rich oligarchs and how it's being exploded by Putin

Updated Mar 10th 2022, 4:28 PM 108,851 Views 70 Comments

Their assets are being seized but how did they come to be in the first place?

Roman Abramovich sanctioned: What does it mean for Chelsea?
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Roman Abramovich sanctioned: What does it mean for Chelsea?

Mar 10th 2022, 10:55 AM 6,484 Views 10 Comments

The sale of the club is now in serious doubt, and while they can continue to play games, they cannot sell match tickets.

Why did the US reject Poland's offer of Soviet-era fighter jets?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Why did the US reject Poland's offer of Soviet-era fighter jets?

Mar 9th 2022, 5:40 PM 28,096 Views 24 Comments

Security analyst Dr Tom Clonan said the West giving Ukraine fighter jets is much more “provocative” than anti-tank missiles.

The Explainer: What is NATO and what's Ireland's involvement in it?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What is NATO and what's Ireland's involvement in it?

Mar 8th 2022, 6:00 PM 7,398 Views 1 Comment

Listen to hear Andrew Cottey from UCC to explain more.

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?
# Silent Treatment
# Silent Treatment

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?

Updated Mar 5th 2022, 10:00 AM 5,355 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about the chaotic state of services through people’s experiences.

What are war crimes - and could Putin face trial for Russia's invasion of Ukraine?
# Investigation
# Investigation

What are war crimes - and could Putin face trial for Russia's invasion of Ukraine?

Updated Mar 5th 2022, 8:22 AM 23,141 Views 35 Comments

An Irish expert believes Putin has committed war crimes but says it will be down to international investigators to make the case.

Explainer: Why has Ireland not yet expelled its Russian ambassador?
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Explainer: Why has Ireland not yet expelled its Russian ambassador?

Mar 3rd 2022, 4:24 PM 17,766 Views 16 Comments

There have been widespread calls to boot out diplomats, but keeping them in place is part of an EU wide approach.

Explainer: How two big new EU laws will try to rein in Big Tech
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# Explainer

Explainer: How two big new EU laws will try to rein in Big Tech

Feb 26th 2022, 8:00 PM 18,093 Views 9 Comments

It doesn’t sound like the kind of thing to get pulses racing – but two new laws will change a lot about our digital lives.

Here are the main points to know as Russian forces continue their assault on Ukraine
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Here are the main points to know as Russian forces continue their assault on Ukraine

Updated Feb 25th 2022, 8:38 PM 76,660 Views 50 Comments
  • Asset freezes have been placed on both Putin and Lavrov.
  • More than 130 people died in Ukraine in the first day of Russia's invasion.
  • There have been over 18,000 assault rifles issued to Ukrainian volunteers.
Russian invasion of Ukraine: Here are the main points to know
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# Explainer

Russian invasion of Ukraine: Here are the main points to know

Feb 24th 2022, 9:34 PM 171,942 Views 131 Comments
  • Russian troops have captured the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant this evening after a battle with Ukraine's defence
  • Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs is urging Irish citizens in Ukraine to shelter in place or leave the country if they can safely
  • US President Joe Biden has announced further sanctions against Russia.
The Explainer: Why did Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why did Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine?

Feb 24th 2022, 6:00 PM 10,795 Views 2 Comments

In the early hours of the morning, Ukraine was invaded by Russia. Listen to our latest episode to hear about why.

What does Russia's recognition of two eastern Ukrainian territories mean?
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# Explainer

What does Russia's recognition of two eastern Ukrainian territories mean?

Feb 21st 2022, 10:29 PM 38,663 Views 22 Comments

Vladimir Putin this evening recognised the independence of the two regions.

Explainer: Was the USC meant to be a temporary measure?
# Universal Social Charge
# Universal Social Charge

Explainer: Was the USC meant to be a temporary measure?

Feb 15th 2022, 2:44 PM 26,012 Views 49 Comments

Some politicians’ stances on the tax have changed over the years.

The Explainer: What’s driving the rising prices in Ireland?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What’s driving the rising prices in Ireland?

Feb 11th 2022, 6:00 PM 4,827 Views 0 Comments

Listen in to hear what it has to do with inflation – and what inflation is – on this week’s podcast.

Why have petrol and diesel prices increased so much recently?
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# Explainer

Why have petrol and diesel prices increased so much recently?

Feb 9th 2022, 8:00 PM 62,801 Views 59 Comments

With pump prices spiking dramatically and oil climbing towards $100 a barrel, the government’s car fuel tax take is facing criticism.

'An economic implosion': Afghanistan's hunger crisis explained
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# Explainer

'An economic implosion': Afghanistan's hunger crisis explained

Feb 5th 2022, 9:45 AM 12,487 Views 9 Comments

Some 55% of the Afghan population is now suffering from hunger, according to the United Nations.

What happens to Stormont now that Paul Givan has resigned as First Minister?
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# Explainer

What happens to Stormont now that Paul Givan has resigned as First Minister?

Feb 3rd 2022, 8:30 PM 20,882 Views 15 Comments

The resignation comes amid a festering row over the Northern Ireland Protocol and with elections looming.

Opinion: Putin's obsession with making Russia great again is driving his approach to Ukraine
# Russian Strongman
# Russian Strongman

Opinion: Putin's obsession with making Russia great again is driving his approach to Ukraine

Feb 1st 2022, 7:00 PM 21,923 Views 19 Comments

Journalist Hannah McCarthy explains the thinking of Russian President Vladimir Putin as his military builds along the border with Ukraine.

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?

Jan 19th 2022, 3:01 PM 16,529 Views 43 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.
The Explainer: What led to violent unrest in Kazakhstan?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What led to violent unrest in Kazakhstan?

Jan 13th 2022, 6:00 PM 4,882 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 13,164 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 65,522 Views 29 Comments

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