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# explainer - This year 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?
# Funding Fertility
# Funding Fertility

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?

Updated Jan 5th 2022, 7:05 AM 12,036 Views 7 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how the private fertility sector is making millions as patients are left in debt.

# explainer - Last year 2021

New Covid testing and isolation guidelines: Here's everything you need to know
# Explainer
# Explainer

New Covid testing and isolation guidelines: Here's everything you need to know

Dec 31st 2021, 12:03 PM 90,642 Views 43 Comments

The changes are aimed at freeing up Covid-19 testing capacity and easing disruption to businesses.

The Explainer: RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan looks back on Biden's first year as US President
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: RTÉ's Brian O'Donovan looks back on Biden's first year as US President

Dec 27th 2021, 3:00 PM 12,442 Views 14 Comments

As he prepares to return to Ireland, the Washington correspondent shares his thoughts on the year in US news.

Why a jump in Covid cases on a given day doesn't always mean an official 'backlog'
# Test And Case
# Test And Case

Why a jump in Covid cases on a given day doesn't always mean an official 'backlog'

Dec 23rd 2021, 12:03 AM 30,971 Views 20 Comments
  • Recent spikes on specific days have led to claims of backlogs but what is actually happening?
  • It's down to the workflow required to turn positive swabs into official cases.
  • It shouldn't matter anyway because looking at trends will give you the accurate picture, writes Rónán Duffy.
Explainer: What we know about Omicron and how effective booster shots might be
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Explainer: What we know about Omicron and how effective booster shots might be

Dec 17th 2021, 6:30 PM 21,018 Views 34 Comments

A new study from Imperial College London found that boosters are key to mitigating the impact of the variant.

The Explainer: Is Euroscepticism stronger or weaker after Brexit?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Is Euroscepticism stronger or weaker after Brexit?

Dec 16th 2021, 6:00 PM 4,221 Views 2 Comments

Has Britain’s experience been a motivating force – or turned people off?

Explainer: What's happening on the Russia-Ukraine border and how likely is an invasion?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What's happening on the Russia-Ukraine border and how likely is an invasion?

Dec 10th 2021, 1:08 PM 14,629 Views 10 Comments

Nearly 100,000 Russian troops have massed on the Ukrainian border in recent weeks.

Explainer: Why is there uproar over a Number 10 party that happened last Christmas?
# Wham
# Wham

Explainer: Why is there uproar over a Number 10 party that happened last Christmas?

Dec 8th 2021, 2:51 PM 17,516 Views 10 Comments

A look at why Boris Johnson has launched an investigation into a “cheese and wine” gathering at Number 10.

What are face mask requirements for primary school children in other European countries?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What are face mask requirements for primary school children in other European countries?

Dec 5th 2021, 7:30 AM 32,435 Views 58 Comments

Nine to 12 year-olds are now required to wear face masks in Ireland.

Wielding a gun with no ammunition: The UK, the EU and the battle over the Northern Ireland Protocol
# Article 16
# Article 16

Wielding a gun with no ammunition: The UK, the EU and the battle over the Northern Ireland Protocol

Dec 4th 2021, 8:00 PM 29,240 Views 18 Comments

It hasn’t gone away, you know.

Pressure grows for patent waiver amid 'Covid vaccine apartheid' - so what's Ireland's position?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Pressure grows for patent waiver amid 'Covid vaccine apartheid' - so what's Ireland's position?

Nov 30th 2021, 12:42 PM 29,300 Views 19 Comments

A mock funeral will be held outside Leinster House today to protest the Government’s support for EU’s efforts to block the TRIPS waiver.

What does the data we have tell us about Covid-19 outbreaks in this school year?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What does the data we have tell us about Covid-19 outbreaks in this school year?

Nov 21st 2021, 7:00 AM 28,540 Views 30 Comments

A shift in how Covid-19 cases in schools are being dealt with has taken place this week – so how bad is transmission?

Here's how Europe is coping with Covid's fourth wave amid weeks of escalating cases
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Here's how Europe is coping with Covid's fourth wave amid weeks of escalating cases

Nov 20th 2021, 6:30 AM 34,765 Views 68 Comments

Increasing restrictions and measures targeting the unvaccinated are proliferating on the continent.

Explainer: Who is missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai and what allegations did she make?
# Peng Shuai
# Peng Shuai

Explainer: Who is missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai and what allegations did she make?

Nov 18th 2021, 1:04 PM 21,649 Views 23 Comments

Peng, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, has not been heard from for two weeks.

Limited lockdowns and restrictions on unvaccinated: How Europe is dealing with Covid wave
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Limited lockdowns and restrictions on unvaccinated: How Europe is dealing with Covid wave

Nov 13th 2021, 6:30 AM 23,599 Views 81 Comments

New measures are on the cards in several countries as cases continue to climb.

The Explainer: Why is there so much talk about Ireland's cows right now?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why is there so much talk about Ireland's cows right now?

Nov 11th 2021, 7:00 AM 3,045 Views 2 Comments

You guessed it – it’s climate change related.

Explainer: Why tensions are flaring between Poland and Belarus over migrant crossings
# Poland-Belarus Border
# Poland-Belarus Border

Explainer: Why tensions are flaring between Poland and Belarus over migrant crossings

Updated Nov 10th 2021, 2:07 PM 26,783 Views 32 Comments

The situation has escalated rapidly since last weekend.

The government's health screening 'czar' wants people's input on how services could be extended
# Explainer
# Explainer

The government's health screening 'czar' wants people's input on how services could be extended

Nov 7th 2021, 6:30 AM 9,733 Views 1 Comment

We see screening as something that is in the public ownership, Professor Niall O’Higgins said on why the public were being asked.

What exactly is Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol and how does it work?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What exactly is Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol and how does it work?

Nov 5th 2021, 4:41 PM 34,376 Views 17 Comments

The UK is again threatening to trigger the clause this week.

The Local Property Tax deadline is approaching - here's how to calculate and pay your bill
# Explainer
# Explainer

The Local Property Tax deadline is approaching - here's how to calculate and pay your bill

Nov 5th 2021, 10:50 AM 106,717 Views 88 Comments

Over a third of people can expect to see an increase this year.

Heading into winter, how are other countries in Europe coping with the latest Covid wave?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Heading into winter, how are other countries in Europe coping with the latest Covid wave?

Nov 5th 2021, 6:15 AM 27,636 Views 26 Comments

Germany reported its biggest daily increase in cases since the start of the pandemic yesterday.

Another fish fight: Why is the UK at loggerheads with France over fishing?
# Allies At War
# Allies At War

Another fish fight: Why is the UK at loggerheads with France over fishing?

Oct 29th 2021, 7:45 PM 10,920 Views 17 Comments

There is a disagreement about French vessels’ access to UK waters, and whose fault it is.

Explainer: Why has Facebook changed its company name?
# Meta
# Meta

Explainer: Why has Facebook changed its company name?

Oct 29th 2021, 1:25 PM 29,143 Views 23 Comments

Facebook has revealed a new company name and brand, Meta.

'Both challenging and not ambitious enough': Why the carbon budgets are a huge deal for Ireland
# Explainer
# Explainer

'Both challenging and not ambitious enough': Why the carbon budgets are a huge deal for Ireland

Oct 26th 2021, 4:41 PM 6,789 Views 14 Comments

Ireland’s first proposed carbon budgets were finalised yesterday.

Anti-vaxx groups' claims about Covid deaths among the vaccinated are misleading
# Analysis
# Analysis

Anti-vaxx groups' claims about Covid deaths among the vaccinated are misleading

Oct 24th 2021, 12:05 AM 75,052 Views 177 Comments

Anti-lockdown groups suggest that vaccines aren’t working – but the data shows otherwise.

Explainer: What is the Fuel Allowance and who can qualify for it?
# Fuel Allowance
# Fuel Allowance

Explainer: What is the Fuel Allowance and who can qualify for it?

Oct 17th 2021, 6:30 AM 36,025 Views 7 Comments

It was announced in the Budget this week that the Fuel Allowance would increase by €5 per week.

A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments
# Explainer
# Explainer

A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments

Oct 9th 2021, 7:00 PM 14,339 Views 11 Comments

News of two developments brought the system into focus again this week.

Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?

Oct 5th 2021, 12:33 PM 37,453 Views 25 Comments

The platforms were down for around six hours yesterday.

The Explainer: What does 'missing white woman syndrome' tell us about media coverage of missing people?
# The Explainer
# The Explainer

The Explainer: What does 'missing white woman syndrome' tell us about media coverage of missing people?

Oct 1st 2021, 6:00 PM 5,940 Views 0 Comments

On this week’s podcast we look at the discussions around the deaths of Sarah Everard, Gabby Petito and Sabina Nessa, and the issues about the media coverage of them raised on social media.

The Explainer: Why are there fears about Ireland facing power shortages this winter?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why are there fears about Ireland facing power shortages this winter?

Sep 27th 2021, 9:50 AM 10,723 Views 11 Comments

In this week’s podcast, we look at what’s behind these fears, and how the supply of electricity works.

Ivermectin is not a proven treatment for Covid - so what's behind the demand in Ireland?
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# Explainer

Ivermectin is not a proven treatment for Covid - so what's behind the demand in Ireland?

Sep 18th 2021, 9:30 AM 26,078 Views 0 Comments

Health authorities across the world have warned of potentially serious side effects associated with improper use.

Explainer: What is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme?
# EUSPA
# EUSPA

Explainer: What is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme?

Sep 13th 2021, 7:00 PM 5,375 Views 3 Comments

EUSPA was officially launched this year as part of the EU’s €14.8 billion space programme.

What's going on with the government's Sláintecare plan for the health service?
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# Explainer

What's going on with the government's Sláintecare plan for the health service?

Sep 10th 2021, 8:00 PM 14,159 Views 15 Comments

The office in charge of the reforms saw two key departures this week.

How much do we know about the Mu strain of Covid-19, the WHO's latest 'variant of interest'?
# Mu Variant
# Mu Variant

How much do we know about the Mu strain of Covid-19, the WHO's latest 'variant of interest'?

Sep 5th 2021, 7:00 AM 44,164 Views 28 Comments

Four cases of this variant have been identified so far in Ireland, according to latest figures.

The Explainer: What's the future for women in Afghanistan?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the future for women in Afghanistan?

Aug 26th 2021, 7:30 PM 4,309 Views 0 Comments

This week’s guest is Heather Barr from Human Rights Watch.

The Taliban are returning to power in Afghanistan after two decades - but who are they?
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# Explainer

The Taliban are returning to power in Afghanistan after two decades - but who are they?

Aug 16th 2021, 2:59 PM 31,987 Views 31 Comments

The last time the Taliban had control over the country, women and girls were mostly denied education or employment.

Explainer: Here's why a limited number of Covid-19 cases in vaccinated people is to be expected
# Breakthrough Cases
# Breakthrough Cases

Explainer: Here's why a limited number of Covid-19 cases in vaccinated people is to be expected

Aug 15th 2021, 6:30 AM 102,086 Views 70 Comments

The vaccines aren’t 100% effective, but they are a significant barrier against severe illness from Covid-19.

Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the Ebola-like Marburg virus
# Disease
# Disease

Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the Ebola-like Marburg virus

Aug 10th 2021, 7:45 PM 36,549 Views 14 Comments

Guinea has recorded its first known case of the disease.

The Explainer: What has sparked rare protests in Cuba?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What has sparked rare protests in Cuba?

Jul 31st 2021, 8:45 AM 8,698 Views 11 Comments

Ruaridh Nicoll, a journalist based in Havana, joins us for this week’s episode.

Explainer: Why you may have a second dose vaccine appointment sooner than recommended
# Double Jabbed
# Double Jabbed

Explainer: Why you may have a second dose vaccine appointment sooner than recommended

Jul 29th 2021, 8:01 PM 52,747 Views 19 Comments

The HSE says that a 17 day gap for Pfizer is “safe and effective”.