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# 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’.
# Explainer
Shamrock Rovers to face champions of North Macedonia in Europa League
We explain Rovers’ route to group stage football following their Champions League exit.
# Hitting the ceiling
Crunch time for coalition as agriculture emissions divide parties ahead of Cabinet
Cabinet ministers may approve sectoral targets for reducing emissions on Wednesday – but only if a dispute over agriculture can be resolved.
# Breakdown
Explainer: Here's how (and why) sectors are being told to cut their emissions
There’s been push and pull within government over the limits, especially in relation to agriculture.
# Explainer
The Explainer: Will Dublin’s metro actually be built this time around?
Listen in to hear public transport expert Brian Caulfield of Trinity College Dublin explain.
# What's the rush?
Explainer: How 'deeply controversial' planning law changes could lead to 'years of litigation'
A proposed Bill with last-minute amendments impacting judicial reviews is being voted on by TDs tonight.
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
# factory farm
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly about concerns over the cross-border poultry manure trade.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why are energy prices still going up?
Listen in to our interview with Daragh Cassidy of to find out more.
# Explainer
Here's everything you need to know about Euro 2022
The tournament begins at Old Trafford on Wednesday as hosts England face Austria.
# the explainer
The Explainer: What Roe v Wade being overturned could mean for other US laws
The landmark decision means Americans no longer have a constitutional right to abortion.
# Explainer
The Explainer: Why was Roe v Wade overturned - and what could it mean for US laws?
Listen in to our interview with Dr David Kenny of Trinity College School of Law to find out more.
# factfind
Explainer: What counts as EU funding and where does it go?
…And where has Ireland received – and given back to the whole process?
# Explainer
From candidate to Council: the long road ahead of Ukraine in the EU
Vote to make Ukraine an official candidate for the EU hailed as “defining moment” – but the journey has just begun.
# Explainer
The US Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade: Here's what the impact will be
Concerns about Roe v. Wade were first raised after a draft Supreme Court opinion was leaked.
# Explainer
The European Parliament has the second largest electorate in the world. How does it actually work?
Historically, the Parliament lacked legislative power – but the Lisbon Treaty aimed to fix that.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why have homeless figures risen in Ireland?
We speak to Mike Allen from Focus Ireland to find out more.
# Explained
Explainer: Would Ireland be required to have a referendum before joining Nato?
The Taoiseach has said a referendum wouldn’t be required – constitutional law experts disagree.
# uvalde shooting
Explainer: What are the laws in Texas around buying and using semi-automatic weapons?
The shooting at Uvalde has once again raised the question of gun control in the US.
# omicron
A new Covid variant of concern has been detected in Ireland - what do we know about it?
BA.4 and BA.5 were identified by the ECDC as variants of concern earlier this month.
# Explainer
What is monkeypox and why are cases spreading in the UK and Europe?
The virus usually spreads only in Central and West Africa.
# Maternity Care
Explainer: Where 'clinically appropriate' stands as Government green lights NMH deal
The term has been defined in the government’s decision but not the legal documents of the agreement.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What does the election result mean for the future of Northern Ireland?
Listen in to be brought up to speed about the weekend’s seismic election result.
# clusters
Explainer: What we know about the recent spate of acute hepatitis in children
There have been six probable cases of the illness in Ireland, and one child has sadly died.
# Podcast
The Explainer: In the age of disinformation and misinformation, how does factchecking work?
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
What’s going on with the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital and why are people unhappy?
The long-running controversy is back in the headlines this week.
# Explainer
Roe v Wade: What you need to know about the 1973 case that enshrined US abortion rights
Jane Roe – a pseudonym for Norma McCorvey – sued the Dallas Attorney General, Henry Wade.
# the explainer
The Explainer: What is the situation like for people fleeing Ukraine now?
Listen to hear what reporter Céimin Burke saw while reporting from the Polish-Ukrainian border last week.
# transnistria
Russia-Ukraine war spilling into Moldova would have 'far-reaching implications for EU and NATO'
There has been a series of explosions in recent days and a Russian commander claimed Russian speakers in Moldova are being oppressed.
# Podcast
The Explainer: How are war crimes investigated and prosecuted?
Listen to expert Professor Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway explain.
# mariupol
Explainer: How could it be determined that Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine?
There are unconfirmed reports that chemical weapons were used in the city of Mariupol.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What does the census do?
Listen in to hear how the census works, and why it’s important.
# Explainer
The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work
The auto-enrolment pension scheme is set to come into effect in early 2024.
# Explainer
Explainer: What changes are being made to the Leaving Certificate?
Major reforms to the Leaving Cert are to be brought in beginning in 2023.