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# explainer - Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Explainer: How has a Covid-19 vaccine been approved so quickly in the UK?
# Vaccine
# Vaccine

Explainer: How has a Covid-19 vaccine been approved so quickly in the UK?

Dec 2nd 2020, 8:43 AM 36,075 Views 45 Comments

The UK has formally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19.

# explainer - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Mutiny in Number 10: What is going on in Boris Johnson's government and why does it matter?
# Cain Ain't Able
# Cain Ain't Able

Mutiny in Number 10: What is going on in Boris Johnson's government and why does it matter?

Nov 12th 2020, 1:00 PM 26,179 Views 9 Comments

The Vote Leave staffer is leaving Downing Street at the end of the year.

The Explainer: Did the polls get it right in the US election?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Did the polls get it right in the US election?

Nov 12th 2020, 6:45 AM 18,552 Views 30 Comments

We chat to polls expert Kevin Cunningham of TU Dublin to find out more.

# explainer - Thursday 5 November, 2020

Explainer: Why are Pennsylvania and North Carolina taking so long to count election votes?
# Paperwork
# Paperwork

Explainer: Why are Pennsylvania and North Carolina taking so long to count election votes?

Nov 5th 2020, 2:04 PM 20,315 Views 1 Comment

Unsurprisingly, Covid-19 has played its part in the delay.

# explainer - Friday 30 October, 2020

Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?
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# Explainer

Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?

Oct 30th 2020, 4:20 PM 23,974 Views 19 Comments

The commission is due to submit its final report today, over five years after it was set up.

# explainer - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

How a four-month lockdown in Melbourne crushed a Covid-19 surge
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# Explainer

How a four-month lockdown in Melbourne crushed a Covid-19 surge

Oct 27th 2020, 1:32 PM 34,364 Views 64 Comments

Strict Covid-19 restrictions have just been lifted in Melbourne.

# explainer - Thursday 22 October, 2020

The Level 5 restrictions have just kicked in - here's what they are
# A Reminder
# A Reminder

The Level 5 restrictions have just kicked in - here's what they are

Oct 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 74,909 Views 49 Comments

Two households can meet outdoors for things like exercise, funerals allowed up to 25 mourners, and fines for breaching the rules.

# explainer - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Explainer: What is happening in Nigeria?
# End Sars
# End Sars

Explainer: What is happening in Nigeria?

Oct 21st 2020, 1:32 PM 56,695 Views 8 Comments

Several people have been killed by security forces amid ongoing protests against police brutality.

# explainer - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

'There is no benefit in rapid testing inter-county players,' as GAA to continue in Level 5
# Expert's View
From The42
# Expert's View

'There is no benefit in rapid testing inter-county players,' as GAA to continue in Level 5

Oct 20th 2020, 11:57 PM 6,094 Views 2 Comments

Professor Mary Horgan, who is part of the GAA’s Covid-19 advisory committee, discusses testing, matches in Level 5 and the low risk involved on the field.

# explainer - Saturday 17 October, 2020

The government's telling you to work from home - what if your boss insists you come in?
# Remote Working
# Remote Working

The government's telling you to work from home - what if your boss insists you come in?

Oct 17th 2020, 11:00 AM 49,276 Views 56 Comments

Yesterday Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the government is looking at giving workers a right to request to work remotely.

# explainer - Friday 16 October, 2020

What is the advice under Level 5 restrictions?
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# Explainer

What is the advice under Level 5 restrictions?

Oct 16th 2020, 5:09 PM 70,707 Views 79 Comments

It has changed a bit since the last time NPHET recommended Level 5.

# explainer - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Explainer: What are the new Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland?
# Covid19
# Covid19

Explainer: What are the new Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland?

Oct 14th 2020, 2:04 PM 14,280 Views 2 Comments

The majority of the restrictions will kick in on Friday and will be in place for four weeks.

# explainer - Monday 12 October, 2020

Explainer: What are England's new Covid-19 restrictions, and how do they compare to Ireland?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: What are England's new Covid-19 restrictions, and how do they compare to Ireland?

Oct 12th 2020, 7:02 PM 40,356 Views 12 Comments

The new restrictions are expected to become law on Wednesday.

# explainer - Thursday 8 October, 2020

Explainer: There are now zero countries on the Green List - so how did that happen?
# Destination Nowhere
# Destination Nowhere

Explainer: There are now zero countries on the Green List - so how did that happen?

Oct 8th 2020, 7:12 PM 73,911 Views 44 Comments

The list has had a controversial history and its days are now numbered.

Explainer: What's the thinking behind banning pubs and restaurants in Scotland from serving alcohol indoors?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: What's the thinking behind banning pubs and restaurants in Scotland from serving alcohol indoors?

Oct 8th 2020, 3:49 PM 18,986 Views 5 Comments

Pubs, restaurants and cafés in most of Scotland are to be barred from selling alcohol indoors for more than two weeks.

# explainer - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

Explainer: What is the current situation with Covid-19 in nursing homes in Ireland?
# Nursing Homes
# Nursing Homes

Explainer: What is the current situation with Covid-19 in nursing homes in Ireland?

Updated Oct 7th 2020, 10:53 PM 26,256 Views 20 Comments

NPHET raised concerns over outbreaks in nursing homes last weekend.

QAnon: What is this conspiracy and why has Facebook banned it?
# Conspiracy Theory
# Conspiracy Theory

QAnon: What is this conspiracy and why has Facebook banned it?

Oct 7th 2020, 12:17 PM 38,675 Views 33 Comments

More time on the Internet due to the pandemic, coupled with Facebook’s recommendation algorithms, has added fuel to the QAnon fire.

# explainer - Monday 5 October, 2020

Explainer: What restrictions are in Level 5?
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Explainer: What restrictions are in Level 5?

Oct 5th 2020, 7:59 AM 56,446 Views 92 Comments

No social gatherings at all, no dine-in bars, but schools and creches stay open.

# explainer - Saturday 3 October, 2020

Explainer: What options do Leaving Cert students have now after the coding error debacle?
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# Explainer

Explainer: What options do Leaving Cert students have now after the coding error debacle?

Oct 3rd 2020, 12:05 AM 16,445 Views 7 Comments

At least 6,500 students are believed to be impacted.

# explainer - Friday 2 October, 2020

Explainer: Why has Northern Ireland's daily case record just doubled?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: Why has Northern Ireland's daily case record just doubled?

Oct 2nd 2020, 6:49 PM 61,154 Views 29 Comments

Northern Ireland confirmed a record 934 new Covid-19 cases today.

# explainer - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Explainer: What the Leaving Cert Calculated Grade errors mean for students
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# Explainer

Explainer: What the Leaving Cert Calculated Grade errors mean for students

Sep 30th 2020, 5:55 PM 28,467 Views 19 Comments

Around 6,500 students will now receive higher grades as a result.

# explainer - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Explainer: Everything you need to know about the assisted dying bill set to come before the Dáil
# Dying With Dignity
# Dying With Dignity

Explainer: Everything you need to know about the assisted dying bill set to come before the Dáil

Sep 29th 2020, 12:05 AM 28,635 Views 56 Comments

New legislation could soon see assisted dying legalised in Ireland.

# explainer - Sunday 27 September, 2020

Who exactly is Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and what happens next?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Who exactly is Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and what happens next?

Sep 27th 2020, 7:57 AM 47,291 Views 60 Comments

At the age of 48, she would be the youngest justice on the current court if confirmed.

# explainer - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Explainer: Why are politicians getting a 2% pay rise?
# Pay Increase
# Pay Increase

Explainer: Why are politicians getting a 2% pay rise?

Sep 23rd 2020, 12:49 PM 38,841 Views 59 Comments

Many are angry that TDs and senators will see a pay rise next week.

# explainer - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

We're at Level Two of the new Covid plan. Here's why we want to get to One (and avoid Five at all costs)
# Explainer
# Explainer

We're at Level Two of the new Covid plan. Here's why we want to get to One (and avoid Five at all costs)

Sep 15th 2020, 2:43 PM 53,872 Views 46 Comments

The government unveiled its new framework for living with Covid-19 over the next six to nine months today.

# explainer - Monday 7 September, 2020

Why is the UK threatening to roll back on the 'Northern Ireland Protocol' and what does it mean for Brexit trade talks?
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# Explainer

Why is the UK threatening to roll back on the 'Northern Ireland Protocol' and what does it mean for Brexit trade talks?

Sep 7th 2020, 1:48 PM 27,828 Views 49 Comments

EU-UK trade talks are set to start up again tomorrow.

# explainer - Saturday 5 September, 2020

How does Ireland's approach to reopening pubs compare to other countries?
# Pub Crawl
# Pub Crawl

How does Ireland's approach to reopening pubs compare to other countries?

Sep 5th 2020, 12:05 AM 51,391 Views 60 Comments

Ireland is the only country in Europe in which pubs that do not serve food are still fully closed.

# explainer - Saturday 29 August, 2020

State of the race: Here's why the electoral college map may be looking good for Joe Biden right now
# Battleground States
# Battleground States

State of the race: Here's why the electoral college map may be looking good for Joe Biden right now

Aug 29th 2020, 9:30 AM 33,548 Views 76 Comments

Trump is on the defensive in the states that won him the presidency in 2016.

# explainer - Thursday 27 August, 2020

Explainer: How a US shooting sparked mass protests and sports teams walking out on matches
# Jacob Blake
# Jacob Blake

Explainer: How a US shooting sparked mass protests and sports teams walking out on matches

Aug 27th 2020, 3:18 PM 15,443 Views 0 Comments

Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a police officer in Wisconsin on Sunday.

# explainer - Thursday 20 August, 2020

Explainer: What's the latest advice about Covid-19 symptoms and when should you seek a test?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What's the latest advice about Covid-19 symptoms and when should you seek a test?

Aug 20th 2020, 12:05 AM 56,172 Views 33 Comments

Hrere’s another look at Ireland’s testing system and how it works.

# explainer - Wednesday 19 August, 2020

A reminder of how the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system works, and the rationale behind it
# Explainer
# Explainer

A reminder of how the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system works, and the rationale behind it

Aug 19th 2020, 12:05 AM 22,866 Views 26 Comments

Here is the thought process behind the Plan C for the Leaving Cert, the appeal process, and where it could all go wrong.

# explainer - Saturday 15 August, 2020

What insight did we get about the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades after the furore in the UK?
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# Explainer

What insight did we get about the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades after the furore in the UK?

Aug 15th 2020, 6:30 AM 21,869 Views 11 Comments

There has been concern from the start about ‘standardising’ Leaving Cert grades – this has been somewhat vindicated this week.

# explainer - Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Explainer: What led to Scotland's school results fiasco, and why does it matter to Ireland?
# Scotland
# Scotland

Explainer: What led to Scotland's school results fiasco, and why does it matter to Ireland?

Aug 12th 2020, 6:10 AM 20,641 Views 9 Comments

Ireland’s Department of Education said that it was “aware” of Scotland’s exam results being released.

# explainer - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Explainer: Why protests have erupted in Belarus against Europe's 'last dictator'
# Alexander Lukashenko
# Alexander Lukashenko

Explainer: Why protests have erupted in Belarus against Europe's 'last dictator'

Aug 11th 2020, 3:59 PM 16,353 Views 43 Comments

Alexander Lukashenko just won another presidential election, although the opposition has said it was rigged.

# explainer - Monday 10 August, 2020

What impact will GAA shutdown have on Kildare, Laois and Offaly club schedules? From The42

What impact will GAA shutdown have on Kildare, Laois and Offaly club schedules?

Aug 10th 2020, 4:46 PM 5,603 Views 2 Comments

Action in the three counties was brought to a halt last Friday.

# explainer - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Explainer: How Beirut explosions came at 'worst time possible' for a country in a 'dire situation'
# Lebanon
# Lebanon

Explainer: How Beirut explosions came at 'worst time possible' for a country in a 'dire situation'

Aug 5th 2020, 5:00 PM 18,242 Views 5 Comments

Prior to the devastating blasts, Lebanon was already dealing with its worst economic recession in decades.

# explainer - Friday 31 July, 2020

Explainer: What was the argument on Dáil speaking time all about?
# Shouting Match
# Shouting Match

Explainer: What was the argument on Dáil speaking time all about?

Jul 31st 2020, 3:23 PM 17,731 Views 37 Comments

Before last night, speaking rights were assigned equally during the first round of a debate after Dáil reform in 2016.

# explainer - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work?
# Back To School
# Back To School

How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work?

Jul 28th 2020, 8:24 AM 38,112 Views 55 Comments

The aim is that if a student contracts the virus, then only their pod or classroom would have to be sent home to self-isolate.

# explainer - Saturday 25 July, 2020

What happens if a GAA club gets shut down mid-championship?
# Explainer
From The42
# Explainer

What happens if a GAA club gets shut down mid-championship?

Updated Jul 25th 2020, 2:59 PM 32,322 Views 11 Comments

It’s up to each county board to decide how they handle such a scenario.

# explainer - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

Explainer: What does the new 'green list' mean for foreign travel?
# Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
# Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Explainer: What does the new 'green list' mean for foreign travel?

Jul 22nd 2020, 1:56 PM 32,357 Views 65 Comments

It was a long time coming but there’s still plenty of debate out there.