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The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine could get approved in Europe next month - here's everything you need to know
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The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine could get approved in Europe next month - here's everything you need to know

Feb 17th 2021, 4:02 PM 26,620 Views 13 Comments

The Taoiseach said this one-dose jab will be “a big help” in Ireland’s vaccine rollout.

'A bad week for the PSNI': How an arrest at a Belfast massacre memorial has put pressure on policing
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# Sean Graham Bookmakers

'A bad week for the PSNI': How an arrest at a Belfast massacre memorial has put pressure on policing

Feb 8th 2021, 4:45 PM 16,942 Views 15 Comments

Chief Constable Simon Byrne has apologised for the force’s conduct at the memorial.

Explainer: Here's what you need to know ahead of Trump's impeachment trial
# Starting Tomorrow
# Starting Tomorrow

Explainer: Here's what you need to know ahead of Trump's impeachment trial

Feb 8th 2021, 2:43 PM 11,056 Views 16 Comments

The proceedings are scheduled to begin tomorrow, just over a month since the deadly riot at the US Capitol.

Explainer: What's happening with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and older people in Ireland?
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Explainer: What's happening with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and older people in Ireland?

Feb 4th 2021, 12:15 PM 13,567 Views 4 Comments

The jab has been the subject of ongoing controversies in recent weeks.

Explainer: Why has a row broken out over checks between GB and Northern Ireland?
# Brexit
# Brexit

Explainer: Why has a row broken out over checks between GB and Northern Ireland?

Feb 3rd 2021, 5:14 PM 34,730 Views 39 Comments
  • UK minister Michael Gove has asked the EU for a Northern Ireland transition period until 2023.
  • Simon Coveney conceded that some of the ways the Protocol is being implemented is causing problems.
  • SDLP MLA Colin McGrath said that there is a danger of any problem in Northern Ireland becoming a "green or orange" issue.
Explainer: Why has the Myanmar military staged a coup and what happens next?
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# Explainer

Explainer: Why has the Myanmar military staged a coup and what happens next?

Feb 1st 2021, 1:28 PM 17,109 Views 5 Comments

The military today declared it had taken control of the country for one year under a state of emergency.

The Explainer: Trump's second impeachment - what happens next, and what does it mean for his future?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: Trump's second impeachment - what happens next, and what does it mean for his future?

Jan 29th 2021, 2:00 PM 21,172 Views 24 Comments

This impeachment hinges on the riot earlier this month in the US Capitol building, as Larry Donnelly explains.

Explainer: What's happening in the row between the EU and AstraZeneca?
# Getting The Jab Done
# Getting The Jab Done

Explainer: What's happening in the row between the EU and AstraZeneca?

Jan 28th 2021, 2:58 PM 28,071 Views 40 Comments

The global competition for Covid-19 vaccines is putting the EU and Britain on a post-Brexit collision course.

Why is CervicalCheck using HPV tests instead of testing for all smear abnormalities?
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

Why is CervicalCheck using HPV tests instead of testing for all smear abnormalities?

Jan 18th 2021, 6:40 AM 29,774 Views 3 Comments

TheJournal.ie spoke to Noirin Russell about some of the common questions about the change to the cancer screening programme.

Other countries have tried it, so what does the 'right to disconnect' actually mean?
# Work Life Balance
# Work Life Balance

Other countries have tried it, so what does the 'right to disconnect' actually mean?

Jan 15th 2021, 11:42 AM 26,950 Views 24 Comments

A public consultation is currently underway in this country.

Timeline: Is there time to impeach Trump and could he be banned from running in the future?
# Grip On Power
# Grip On Power

Timeline: Is there time to impeach Trump and could he be banned from running in the future?

Jan 12th 2021, 4:07 PM 26,318 Views 44 Comments

Joe Biden will be inaugurated as his successor next week.

Pro-Trump social media app Parler was a breeding ground for extremism - so why has it only been taken offline now?
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# Explainer

Pro-Trump social media app Parler was a breeding ground for extremism - so why has it only been taken offline now?

Jan 11th 2021, 3:47 PM 17,732 Views 58 Comments

At the height of its powers, Parler had 10 million users.

Explainer: Here is how today's construction lockdown will impact building projects
# Construction
# Construction

Explainer: Here is how today's construction lockdown will impact building projects

Jan 8th 2021, 5:00 PM 33,246 Views 29 Comments

Despite the lockdown there are a number of construction projects that can continue.

Why is Brexit impacting deliveries to Ireland, and what else is being held up?
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Why is Brexit impacting deliveries to Ireland, and what else is being held up?

Jan 8th 2021, 4:11 PM 45,030 Views 38 Comments

How exactly is Brexit affecting food supply chains and trade routes – and will things settle down soon?

The 25th Amendment: Could Trump be removed from office before Joe Biden's inauguration?
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The 25th Amendment: Could Trump be removed from office before Joe Biden's inauguration?

Jan 7th 2021, 12:50 PM 40,859 Views 33 Comments

Republicans and Democrats have floated the idea of removing Trump from the White House.

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Explainer: Ireland takes its seat on the UN Security Council tomorrow - here's what it hopes it can achieve
# Ireland's Turn
# Ireland's Turn

Explainer: Ireland takes its seat on the UN Security Council tomorrow - here's what it hopes it can achieve

Dec 31st 2020, 6:30 AM 9,600 Views 7 Comments

A sense of realism about what can actually be achieved and a focus on diplomacy will help to define Ireland’s latest stint on the UN Security Council.

FactFind: How has Santa amended his Christmas preparations to cope with the pandemic?
# Elf And Safety
# Elf And Safety

FactFind: How has Santa amended his Christmas preparations to cope with the pandemic?

Dec 23rd 2020, 6:30 AM 10,982 Views 5 Comments

We’re assured not even a pandemic can quench the magic of Christmas.

Explainer: What we do and don't know about the new coronavirus strain reported in the UK
# New Strain
# New Strain

Explainer: What we do and don't know about the new coronavirus strain reported in the UK

Dec 15th 2020, 1:47 PM 14,815 Views 11 Comments

The new variant has not been detected in Ireland to date.

Timeline: The appearances and disappearances of the mysterious monoliths around the world
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# Strange Happenings

Timeline: The appearances and disappearances of the mysterious monoliths around the world

Dec 13th 2020, 9:30 AM 32,231 Views 19 Comments

A number of these tall, shiny, metal structures have popped up in various countries in recent weeks.

Q&A: Answers to reader questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and Ireland's rollout plans
# Questions Answered
# Questions Answered

Q&A: Answers to reader questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and Ireland's rollout plans

Dec 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 48,255 Views 30 Comments
  • We've been putting your questions to the experts and relevant government agencies as part of this new Q&A series.
  • In this first article we're addressing questions concerning people with serious medical conditions, indemnity and cold chain transport - amongst other subjects.
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 36,185 Views 45 Comments

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

Mutiny in Number 10: What is going on in Boris Johnson's government and why does it matter?
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# 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 26,296 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?
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# Podcast

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

Nov 12th 2020, 6:45 AM 18,580 Views 30 Comments

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

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 20,334 Views 1 Comment

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

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

Oct 30th 2020, 4:20 PM 24,281 Views 19 Comments

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

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

Oct 27th 2020, 1:32 PM 34,538 Views 64 Comments

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

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 75,145 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: What is happening in Nigeria?
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# End Sars

Explainer: What is happening in Nigeria?

Oct 21st 2020, 1:32 PM 56,916 Views 8 Comments

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

'There is no benefit in rapid testing inter-county players,' as GAA to continue in Level 5
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# 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 6,126 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.

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 50,376 Views 56 Comments

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

What is the advice under Level 5 restrictions?
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What is the advice under Level 5 restrictions?

Oct 16th 2020, 5:09 PM 70,770 Views 79 Comments

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

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 14,307 Views 2 Comments

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

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 40,387 Views 12 Comments

The new restrictions are expected to become law on Wednesday.

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

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

Oct 8th 2020, 7:12 PM 74,155 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 19,066 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: 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 26,318 Views 20 Comments

NPHET raised concerns over outbreaks in nursing homes last weekend.

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

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

Oct 7th 2020, 12:17 PM 38,753 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: What restrictions are in Level 5?
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Explainer: What restrictions are in Level 5?

Oct 5th 2020, 7:59 AM 56,497 Views 93 Comments

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

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

Oct 3rd 2020, 12:05 AM 16,472 Views 7 Comments

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

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

Oct 2nd 2020, 6:49 PM 61,204 Views 29 Comments

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