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# explainer - Last year 2021

Here is the current guidance on vaccinating children against Covid-19
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Here is the current guidance on vaccinating children against Covid-19

Jul 26th 2021, 6:00 PM 30,433 Views 14 Comments

Niac is expected to issue guidance to the Government and HSE this week.

The Explainer: Why does the British government want to stop Troubles prosecutions?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: Why does the British government want to stop Troubles prosecutions?

Jul 22nd 2021, 3:55 PM 8,192 Views 0 Comments

David Blevins of Sky News joins us for this week’s episode.

Why is South Africa facing its worst level of unrest since the 1990s?
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Why is South Africa facing its worst level of unrest since the 1990s?

Jul 14th 2021, 6:17 PM 25,778 Views 23 Comments

At least 72 people have died and over 1,200 have been arrested.

What does data show about England's third wave, as it prepares to 'unlock' in 10 days?
# Quick Maths
# Quick Maths

What does data show about England's third wave, as it prepares to 'unlock' in 10 days?

Jul 9th 2021, 3:25 PM 28,386 Views 42 Comments

Case rates are rising sharply, including among children, but the number of deaths remains at a low level.

Cuckoo funds are said to be playing a role in Ireland's housing market, but what impact are they having?
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Cuckoo funds are said to be playing a role in Ireland's housing market, but what impact are they having?

Jul 8th 2021, 7:30 PM 17,255 Views 49 Comments

The Government has come under fire for passing an amendment to allow tax breaks for the funds.

Haiti is in a 'state of siege' after its president was assassinated – so what's behind the latest chaos?
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Haiti is in a 'state of siege' after its president was assassinated – so what's behind the latest chaos?

Jul 8th 2021, 3:36 PM 11,946 Views 6 Comments

The 53-year-old was killed by gunmen yesterday.

Explainer: Ireland got its first cost-rental homes today - but how exactly do they work?
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Explainer: Ireland got its first cost-rental homes today - but how exactly do they work?

Jul 7th 2021, 8:00 PM 26,126 Views 19 Comments

“They’re secure, people can lay down their roots here,” said Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien.

The Explainer: What is the mica scandal and how has it affected homeowners?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What is the mica scandal and how has it affected homeowners?

Jul 7th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,944 Views 0 Comments

This week, we talk you through how the mica scandal unfolded, and what it tells us about housing in Ireland.

'The gates of hell opening up': What caused the massive Gulf of Mexico fire?
# Lord Of The Rings
# Lord Of The Rings

'The gates of hell opening up': What caused the massive Gulf of Mexico fire?

Jul 5th 2021, 1:13 PM 36,128 Views 29 Comments

Footage of the inferno went viral over the weekend.

The Explainer: What is going on with the National Maternity Hospital?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What is going on with the National Maternity Hospital?

Jul 2nd 2021, 6:00 PM 4,699 Views 0 Comments

Reporter Gráinne Ní Aodha talks us through what you need to know.

The Explainer: What's all this about a Brexit sausage war?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What's all this about a Brexit sausage war?

Jun 17th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,651 Views 3 Comments

Yes, a Brexit sausage row. Let us break it down for you with the help of Gráinne Ní Aodha and Dominic McGrath of BBC Radio Foyle.

Explainer: How does Hungary's new law affect LGBT+ rights?
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Explainer: How does Hungary's new law affect LGBT+ rights?

Jun 17th 2021, 4:34 PM 11,237 Views 45 Comments

Hungary has passed a bill that bans sharing content that “promotes” being gay to children and teenagers.

The Mica controversy explained: Here's why thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to protest today
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The Mica controversy explained: Here's why thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to protest today

Jun 15th 2021, 4:07 PM 68,254 Views 33 Comments

Homeowners are protesting in Dublin’s city centre today.

Explainer: Why has a controversy blown up around political party members posing as pollsters?
# Controversy
# Controversy

Explainer: Why has a controversy blown up around political party members posing as pollsters?

Updated Jun 10th 2021, 3:10 PM 12,363 Views 48 Comments
  • It was reported yesterday that Sinn Féin party members had pretended to be pollsters carrying fake marketing research company IDs.
  • SF TD Eoin Ó Broin described the practice as "widespread and common".
  • Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party have also engaged in similar polling in the past.
Explainer: Some of the world's best known websites went down today - why?
# Off And Back On
# Off And Back On

Explainer: Some of the world's best known websites went down today - why?

Jun 8th 2021, 4:46 PM 16,946 Views 4 Comments

The Irish Times, Amazon, Gov.UK and other major sites weren’t available earlier today – here’s what happened.

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends
# Renting
# Renting

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends

Updated May 28th 2021, 2:07 PM 88,663 Views 115 Comments
  • Measures that provided for a rent freeze for those in financial trouble were implemented during the pandemic.
  • In Rent Pressure Zones, the maximum rent increase permitted is 4% per annum.
  • Where a landlord carries out a rent review for the first time in two years in an RPZ, a total increase of 8% increase can apply.
Explainer: How does a garda media blackout work in the age of social media?
# Media Blackout
# Media Blackout

Explainer: How does a garda media blackout work in the age of social media?

May 26th 2021, 9:00 PM 36,725 Views 22 Comments

Gardaí requested a media blackout during the Blanchardstown siege on Tuesday night but social media companies did not comply.

What's happened in Belarus since last year's protests against president Alexander Lukashenko?
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What's happened in Belarus since last year's protests against president Alexander Lukashenko?

May 24th 2021, 12:54 PM 12,987 Views 4 Comments

Yesterday’s incident was the latest in a series of crackdowns against the country’s opposition.

Explainer: How is Ireland's response to the threat of global cyber crime coordinated?
# Cyber Response
# Cyber Response

Explainer: How is Ireland's response to the threat of global cyber crime coordinated?

May 18th 2021, 5:30 PM 8,755 Views 5 Comments

The fight back against the HSE cyber attack is a multi agency operation.

The Explainer: What's the story with rapid Covid-19 tests?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the story with rapid Covid-19 tests?

May 13th 2021, 7:00 PM 9,992 Views 9 Comments

On this week’s podcast, we explain more – and producer Nicky Ryan takes an antigen test during recording.

The Explainer: Has Covid changed the way we work?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: Has Covid changed the way we work?

May 7th 2021, 8:04 PM 5,342 Views 2 Comments

On this week’s podcast episode, we look at how working from home might work in a post-Covid world.

Explainer: How will the Government's Affordable Home Shared Equity Scheme work?
# Affordable Housing Bill
# Affordable Housing Bill

Explainer: How will the Government's Affordable Home Shared Equity Scheme work?

May 5th 2021, 5:26 PM 25,728 Views 17 Comments

Generation Rent need a leg up onto the property ladder and the Government say they have the solution, but will it work?

Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook today - here's what you need to know
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Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook today - here's what you need to know

May 5th 2021, 6:10 AM 11,332 Views 0 Comments

The Facebook Oversight Board will rule on Trump’s ongoing ban this afternoon.

Leaks, refurbs and lockdown outbursts: Why is pressure mounting on Boris Johnson?
# Under Pressure
# Under Pressure

Leaks, refurbs and lockdown outbursts: Why is pressure mounting on Boris Johnson?

Apr 28th 2021, 6:00 PM 15,310 Views 10 Comments

Johnson’s refurbishment of his Downing Street flat is to be investigated by the Electoral Commission.

Explainer: Why is India shattering global coronavirus infection records?
# Global Record
# Global Record

Explainer: Why is India shattering global coronavirus infection records?

Apr 22nd 2021, 6:13 PM 33,739 Views 22 Comments

The country has confirmed 15.9 million cases of infection, the second highest after the United States, and 184,657 deaths.

The Explainer: Why did everyone hit the roof over plans for a football Super League?
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The Explainer: Why did everyone hit the roof over plans for a football Super League?

Apr 21st 2021, 5:30 PM 10,166 Views 10 Comments

Don’t worry if you don’t have a clue – this week’s podcast will explain.

Explainer: What is known about the AstraZeneca blood clot reports so far
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# Side Effects

Explainer: What is known about the AstraZeneca blood clot reports so far

Apr 8th 2021, 2:54 PM 21,489 Views 16 Comments

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee is to decide if further advice needs to be issued about the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Loyalist anger at post-Brexit trade rules among factors in Northern Ireland disorder
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Loyalist anger at post-Brexit trade rules among factors in Northern Ireland disorder

Apr 8th 2021, 8:10 AM 23,901 Views 49 Comments

It took an event unrelated to the Irish Sea border furore to set a match to simmering tensions

Why did some Irish MEPs vote against an 'urgency' proposal for the EU's Digital Green Certificates?
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Why did some Irish MEPs vote against an 'urgency' proposal for the EU's Digital Green Certificates?

Apr 3rd 2021, 6:30 AM 29,870 Views 36 Comments

Some MEPs voted against skipping the committee stage, where legislation underpinning the Certificates would be scrutinised.

Not so rosy in the garden: Why are the Greens arguing amongst themselves again and why does it matter?
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Not so rosy in the garden: Why are the Greens arguing amongst themselves again and why does it matter?

Mar 25th 2021, 6:34 PM 21,426 Views 26 Comments

A row about a Seanad by-election has stolen attention away from a big political win – here’s why.

The Explainer: Why is there talk of an EU-UK 'vaccine war'?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: Why is there talk of an EU-UK 'vaccine war'?

Mar 25th 2021, 8:00 AM 10,473 Views 19 Comments

What’s going on? We take a look in this week’s episode.

British papers warn of 'vaccine war' as EU-UK stand-off becomes increasingly tense
# At Arm's Length
# At Arm's Length

British papers warn of 'vaccine war' as EU-UK stand-off becomes increasingly tense

Mar 22nd 2021, 9:59 AM 37,213 Views 103 Comments

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has raised the option of an export ban.

Explainer: What is the Taoiseach's Shared Island Unit up to?
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# TGIP

Explainer: What is the Taoiseach's Shared Island Unit up to?

Mar 17th 2021, 8:00 PM 12,427 Views 18 Comments

Cross-border transport, Ulster University’s Magee campus, and an all-island research hub are some of the concrete proposals the Unit are looking at.

Explainer: What we know so far about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine pause in Ireland
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: What we know so far about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine pause in Ireland

Mar 15th 2021, 2:45 PM 17,392 Views 27 Comments

The pause followed an alert from Norwegian authorities about four serious blood clotting cases.

Explainer: Here's what we know about Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine
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Explainer: Here's what we know about Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine

Mar 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 57,204 Views 40 Comments

The vaccine is expected to get the green light from the EU regulator on Thursday.

Covid Placentitis: what we know about the condition that may have caused four stillbirths in Ireland
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Covid Placentitis: what we know about the condition that may have caused four stillbirths in Ireland

Mar 5th 2021, 4:58 PM 25,099 Views 16 Comments

NPHET reported the possible cases of the condition last night.

Explainer: Here's what to know about the changes to Ireland's vaccination queue
# Shot In The Arm
# Shot In The Arm

Explainer: Here's what to know about the changes to Ireland's vaccination queue

Feb 28th 2021, 12:02 AM 69,592 Views 38 Comments

The changes announced this week related to those with underlying health conditions.

Explainer: What do we know about the Covid-19 strain from Brazil that has arrived in Ireland?
# What Is It?
# What Is It?

Explainer: What do we know about the Covid-19 strain from Brazil that has arrived in Ireland?

Updated Feb 20th 2021, 1:38 PM 44,567 Views 93 Comments

Three cases of the variant from Brazil have been identified in Ireland.

'Drastic action': Could the Facebook block of Australian news become an issue in other countries?
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'Drastic action': Could the Facebook block of Australian news become an issue in other countries?

Feb 20th 2021, 10:30 AM 13,844 Views 59 Comments

A proposed law in Australia would compel internet companies to pay news organisations.

The Explainer: What's the latest with Ireland's vaccine rollout?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the latest with Ireland's vaccine rollout?

Feb 18th 2021, 6:00 PM 12,624 Views 0 Comments

Not sure how many people have had their first vaccination, and how we compare to other countries? Let’s take a look in this week’s episode.