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# explainer - Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Yes, it's safe to receive a package from China. No, there are no media blackouts: Exploding myths about Covid-19
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Yes, it's safe to receive a package from China. No, there are no media blackouts: Exploding myths about Covid-19

Mar 3rd 2020, 6:00 AM 36,277 Views 17 Comments

There are a few common misconceptions around the coronavirus. Here, we take some of them head on.

# explainer - Monday 2 March, 2020

Explainer: Why health officials aren't naming the Glasnevin school at the centre of the Covid-19 outbreak
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: Why health officials aren't naming the Glasnevin school at the centre of the Covid-19 outbreak

Mar 2nd 2020, 5:24 PM 43,288 Views 46 Comments

Health chiefs have come in for criticism online for the decision – here’s the thinking behind it.

# explainer - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Explainer: Here's what we know so far about how Covid-19 is spreading
# Global Response
# Global Response

Explainer: Here's what we know so far about how Covid-19 is spreading

Feb 26th 2020, 5:42 PM 45,375 Views 35 Comments

Where did the new coronavirus Covid-19 come from, and what does it want?

# explainer - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Travel advice: Can I cancel my trip to Italy over coronavirus (and will I get a refund)?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Travel advice: Can I cancel my trip to Italy over coronavirus (and will I get a refund)?

Feb 25th 2020, 4:55 PM 101,037 Views 26 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising against travel to certain areas of Italy – these are your options if you have a trip booked.

Coronavirus: How likely is it to come to Ireland? And can the health service cope with an outbreak?
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# Explainer

Coronavirus: How likely is it to come to Ireland? And can the health service cope with an outbreak?

Feb 25th 2020, 6:00 AM 62,630 Views 52 Comments

The State has a “mitigation” strategy ready to roll out if the “containment” strategy fails.

# explainer - Monday 24 February, 2020

Explainer: What happened with the Graham Dwyer data retention case in the Supreme Court?
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# Explainer

Explainer: What happened with the Graham Dwyer data retention case in the Supreme Court?

Feb 24th 2020, 5:40 PM 18,371 Views 0 Comments

Dwyer was convicted of the murder of Elaine O’Hara in 2015.

# explainer - Friday 7 February, 2020

2 weeks before the season starts, the League of Ireland's First Division remains mired in uncertainty
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2 weeks before the season starts, the League of Ireland's First Division remains mired in uncertainty

Feb 7th 2020, 10:00 PM 4,138 Views 4 Comments

Two fixture lists have been released with question marks over the participation of Limerick and Shamrock Rovers II.

# explainer - Thursday 6 February, 2020

Explainer: What is the Special Criminal Court and what is Sinn Féin's stance on it?
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

Explainer: What is the Special Criminal Court and what is Sinn Féin's stance on it?

Feb 6th 2020, 12:58 PM 24,901 Views 38 Comments

The court was set up after the IRA launched a bombing camapign in Britain on the eve of World War II and experts say it has become “normalised”.

# explainer - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

What are the Iowa caucuses and why do they matter?
# Uselex2020
# Uselex2020

What are the Iowa caucuses and why do they matter?

Feb 4th 2020, 6:15 AM 9,676 Views 7 Comments

Democrats in the US are choosing their election candidate to take on Trump.

# explainer - Monday 3 February, 2020

WIN: Tickets for our first live recording of The Explainer podcast
# Competition
# Competition

WIN: Tickets for our first live recording of The Explainer podcast

Updated Feb 3rd 2020, 6:00 PM 15,586 Views 6 Comments

We’ll be asking the question: How does Ireland end up with the politicians it has?

# explainer - Saturday 25 January, 2020

Frantic tweeting and 'high crimes': Here's what you need to know from the first week of Trump's impeachment trial
# Trump Impeachment
# Trump Impeachment

Frantic tweeting and 'high crimes': Here's what you need to know from the first week of Trump's impeachment trial

Jan 25th 2020, 10:30 AM 7,712 Views 20 Comments

Democrats have an uphill battle to convince Republicans, and week one of the impeachment trial was a partisan affair.

# explainer - Friday 24 January, 2020

The Explainer: How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?

Jan 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 40,194 Views 11 Comments

The shocking murder of Keane Mulready-Woods added another layer to the ongoing Drogheda feud. We take a look at what has been going on, on this week’s podcast.

# explainer - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

The State pension 'mess': Can we afford to roll back on the pension age?
# When I'm 65
# When I'm 65

The State pension 'mess': Can we afford to roll back on the pension age?

Jan 22nd 2020, 5:05 PM 35,353 Views 104 Comments

Finance expert Dr James Stewart told TheJournal.ie that pensions age issue had become “a bit of a mess”.

# explainer - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

A 'least worst' and 'carefully calculated' tactic: Why Iran chose to carry out this morning's strikes on bases housing US troops
# Iraq
# Iraq

A 'least worst' and 'carefully calculated' tactic: Why Iran chose to carry out this morning's strikes on bases housing US troops

Jan 8th 2020, 6:30 PM 28,250 Views 45 Comments

Trump has said that new economic sanctions will be imposed on Iran after the strike this morning.

# explainer - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

Explainer: Who were the RIC?
# Commemoration
# Commemoration

Explainer: Who were the RIC?

Jan 7th 2020, 8:30 PM 37,302 Views 42 Comments

The Government’s controversial commemoration had been the subject of much criticism this week.

# explainer - Monday 23 December, 2019

Explainer: How does Santa get all the toys made in time for Christmas?
# Christmas Time
# Christmas Time

Explainer: How does Santa get all the toys made in time for Christmas?

Dec 23rd 2019, 6:30 PM 12,716 Views 19 Comments

Just how does he do it? It takes an awful lot of hard work.

# explainer - Thursday 19 December, 2019

Donald Trump has been impeached, what happens next?
# Clinging On
# Clinging On

Donald Trump has been impeached, what happens next?

Dec 19th 2019, 9:49 AM 24,180 Views 66 Comments

The process now moves to the Senate but exactly when is not clear.

# explainer - Sunday 15 December, 2019

Explainer: What happened with the White island volcanic eruption?
# New Zealand
# New Zealand

Explainer: What happened with the White island volcanic eruption?

Dec 15th 2019, 7:45 AM 21,500 Views 1 Comment

The disaster was not entirely unexpected.

# explainer - Thursday 12 December, 2019

Investigation into how top prizes were not included in some National Lottery games being considered
# Explainer
# Explainer

Investigation into how top prizes were not included in some National Lottery games being considered

Updated Dec 12th 2019, 1:03 PM 17,349 Views 20 Comments

Here’s what you need to know about top prizes not being included in some National Lottery games

# explainer - Saturday 7 December, 2019

What comes next in the Trump impeachment inquiry?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What comes next in the Trump impeachment inquiry?

Dec 7th 2019, 7:45 AM 17,699 Views 25 Comments

Trump is likely to face at least three articles of impeachment.

# explainer - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

Explainer: Why are farmers protesting outside Leinster House this week?
# Beef
# Beef

Explainer: Why are farmers protesting outside Leinster House this week?

Nov 27th 2019, 2:51 PM 17,963 Views 4 Comments

A deal was brokered and a task force established – so why are there still protests?

# explainer - Friday 22 November, 2019

The Explainer: What is antibiotic resistance and why should we be concerned about it?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What is antibiotic resistance and why should we be concerned about it?

Nov 22nd 2019, 5:00 PM 8,994 Views 9 Comments

It’s here in Ireland, and we look at why.

# explainer - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Explainer: Why has Prince Andrew stepped aside from public duties?
# Epstein Controversy
# Epstein Controversy

Explainer: Why has Prince Andrew stepped aside from public duties?

Nov 21st 2019, 12:38 PM 18,388 Views 20 Comments

The Duke of York has withdrawn from official royal life for the foreseeable future.

# explainer - Monday 18 November, 2019

It's Johnson V Corbyn in the first leaders' debate as Lib Dems and SNP lose court case
# UK VOTE 19
# UK VOTE 19

It's Johnson V Corbyn in the first leaders' debate as Lib Dems and SNP lose court case

Updated Nov 18th 2019, 5:23 PM 16,851 Views 10 Comments

The debate will take place on ITV at 8pm tommorrow.

# explainer - Friday 15 November, 2019

The Explainer: What's the story with RTÉ's finances at the moment?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the story with RTÉ's finances at the moment?

Nov 15th 2019, 7:00 PM 15,084 Views 34 Comments

We take a look at the issues it has been having with its finances, and what it is planning to do about this.

# explainer - Monday 4 November, 2019

What is the Shannon LNG terminal and why have Cher and Mark Ruffalo called on Leo Varadkar not to back it?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What is the Shannon LNG terminal and why have Cher and Mark Ruffalo called on Leo Varadkar not to back it?

Nov 4th 2019, 12:39 PM 30,281 Views 51 Comments

The project has been the focus of environmental campaigners in recent months.

# explainer - Sunday 3 November, 2019

'Seeing that little body was unbearable': How Europe is responding to the migrant and refugee crisis
# Essex
# Essex

'Seeing that little body was unbearable': How Europe is responding to the migrant and refugee crisis

Nov 3rd 2019, 10:00 PM 20,229 Views 0 Comments

The recent discovery of 39 bodies in a lorry in Essex has put the crisis back under the spotlight.

# explainer - Wednesday 30 October, 2019

Explainer: What were the Armenian massacres and why is it controversial to describe them as a 'genocide'?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What were the Armenian massacres and why is it controversial to describe them as a 'genocide'?

Oct 30th 2019, 2:45 PM 26,591 Views 25 Comments

Recognition of the killings as ‘genocide’ is the subject of a dispute between Turkey and Armenia.

# explainer - Tuesday 29 October, 2019

18 Irish players ready to go as 2020 AFLW season set in stone following ugly dispute
# Flying The Flag
From The42
# Flying The Flag

18 Irish players ready to go as 2020 AFLW season set in stone following ugly dispute

Oct 29th 2019, 3:24 PM 20,139 Views 2 Comments

All has been resolved with fixtures in place for next year.

# explainer - Saturday 26 October, 2019

Explainer: Here's what the revised BusConnects plan would mean for your bus route
# Redesign
# Redesign

Explainer: Here's what the revised BusConnects plan would mean for your bus route

Oct 26th 2019, 12:05 AM 48,578 Views 100 Comments

The routes have been revised after the initial public consultation. Here’s what they look like.

# explainer - Friday 25 October, 2019

Explainer: How did protests over metro fares in Chile lead to days of violent fatal clashes?
# Unrest
# Unrest

Explainer: How did protests over metro fares in Chile lead to days of violent fatal clashes?

Oct 25th 2019, 6:05 AM 6,776 Views 8 Comments

Yesterday, a four-year-old child was killed during the latest round of protests.

# explainer - Tuesday 22 October, 2019

What was tonight's crucial Brexit vote all about, and what happens now?
# Brexplainer
# Brexplainer

What was tonight's crucial Brexit vote all about, and what happens now?

Oct 22nd 2019, 10:00 PM 27,023 Views 31 Comments

Let’s untangle the confusing jumble of Brexit legislation, amendments and Commons votes.

Explainer: Why can't same-sex couples in Northern Ireland get married until next year?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: Why can't same-sex couples in Northern Ireland get married until next year?

Oct 22nd 2019, 12:05 AM 20,408 Views 26 Comments

The first ceremonies could take place on the week of Valentine’s Day 2020.

# explainer - Monday 21 October, 2019

Explainer: Is Boris Johnson's Brexit deal already dead?
# Doa
# Doa

Explainer: Is Boris Johnson's Brexit deal already dead?

Updated Oct 21st 2019, 8:30 PM 30,018 Views 35 Comments

There was no meaningful vote on it today, so what happens next?

# explainer - Thursday 17 October, 2019

Explainer: Where has the Northern Ireland backstop gone?
# New Deal
# New Deal

Explainer: Where has the Northern Ireland backstop gone?

Oct 17th 2019, 6:56 PM 18,961 Views 26 Comments

After almost two years of back-and-forth, a new Brexit withdrawal deal was agreed today.

# explainer - Friday 11 October, 2019

The Explainer: What is this carbon tax you have to pay - and how does it work?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What is this carbon tax you have to pay - and how does it work?

Oct 11th 2019, 6:30 PM 14,192 Views 37 Comments

We take a look at the charge

# explainer - Thursday 10 October, 2019

Explainer: As Turkey attacks and Trump watches on, who are the Kurds and why are they in the middle?
# Syria
# Syria

Explainer: As Turkey attacks and Trump watches on, who are the Kurds and why are they in the middle?

Oct 10th 2019, 1:02 PM 28,139 Views 49 Comments

The US made the surprise decision to pull troops out of northern Syria, leaving Turkey to enter.

# explainer - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Here's why a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president has led to impeachment proceedings
# Explainer
# Explainer

Here's why a phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president has led to impeachment proceedings

Updated Sep 25th 2019, 8:55 AM 40,694 Views 46 Comments

An impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump has been launched by Democrats.

# explainer - Monday 23 September, 2019

Explainer: How did Thomas Cook go under?
# Thomas Cook
# Thomas Cook

Explainer: How did Thomas Cook go under?

Sep 23rd 2019, 3:03 PM 25,887 Views 26 Comments

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said bailing out the company, which employed 22,000 people globally, would set up a “moral hazard”.

# explainer - Tuesday 17 September, 2019

'Make Israel normal again': The stakes are high for Netanyahu in an unprecedented election
# Friends In Right Places
# Friends In Right Places

'Make Israel normal again': The stakes are high for Netanyahu in an unprecedented election

Updated Sep 17th 2019, 12:37 PM 11,732 Views 48 Comments

It’s the first time in Israeli history that two elections will be held in one year.