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# media blackout
Explainer: How does a garda media blackout work in the age of social media?
Gardaí requested a media blackout during the Blanchardstown siege on Tuesday night but social media companies did not comply.
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What's happened in Belarus since last year's protests against president Alexander Lukashenko?
Yesterday’s incident was the latest in a series of crackdowns against the country’s opposition.
# cyber response
Explainer: How is Ireland's response to the threat of global cyber crime coordinated?
The fight back against the HSE cyber attack is a multi agency operation.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's the story with rapid Covid-19 tests?
On this week’s podcast, we explain more – and producer Nicky Ryan takes an antigen test during recording.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Has Covid changed the way we work?
On this week’s podcast episode, we look at how working from home might work in a post-Covid world.
# Affordable housing bill
Explainer: How will the Government's Affordable Home Shared Equity Scheme work?
Generation Rent need a leg up onto the property ladder and the Government say they have the solution, but will it work?
# Explainer
Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook today - here's what you need to know
The Facebook Oversight Board will rule on Trump’s ongoing ban this afternoon.
# Under Pressure
Leaks, refurbs and lockdown outbursts: Why is pressure mounting on Boris Johnson?
Johnson’s refurbishment of his Downing Street flat is to be investigated by the Electoral Commission.
# global record
Explainer: Why is India shattering global coronavirus infection records?
The country has confirmed 15.9 million cases of infection, the second highest after the United States, and 184,657 deaths.
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The Explainer: Why did everyone hit the roof over plans for a football Super League?
Don’t worry if you don’t have a clue – this week’s podcast will explain.
# side effects
Explainer: What is known about the AstraZeneca blood clot reports so far
The National Immunisation Advisory Committee is to decide if further advice needs to be issued about the AstraZeneca vaccine.
# Explainer
Loyalist anger at post-Brexit trade rules among factors in Northern Ireland disorder
It took an event unrelated to the Irish Sea border furore to set a match to simmering tensions
# Explainer
Why did some Irish MEPs vote against an 'urgency' proposal for the EU's Digital Green Certificates?
Some MEPs voted against skipping the committee stage, where legislation underpinning the Certificates would be scrutinised.
# Explainer
Not so rosy in the garden: Why are the Greens arguing amongst themselves again and why does it matter?
A row about a Seanad by-election has stolen attention away from a big political win – here’s why.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Why is there talk of an EU-UK 'vaccine war'?
What’s going on? We take a look in this week’s episode.
# at arm's length
British papers warn of 'vaccine war' as EU-UK stand-off becomes increasingly tense
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?
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.
# Coronavirus
Explainer: What we know so far about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine pause in Ireland
The pause followed an alert from Norwegian authorities about four serious blood clotting cases.
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Explainer: Here's what we know about Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine
The vaccine is expected to get the green light from the EU regulator on Thursday.
# Explainer
Covid Placentitis: what we know about the condition that may have caused four stillbirths in Ireland
NPHET reported the possible cases of the condition last night.
# shot in the arm
Explainer: Here's what to know about the changes to Ireland's vaccination queue
The changes announced this week related to those with underlying health conditions.
# What is it?
Explainer: What do we know about the Covid-19 strain from Brazil that has arrived in Ireland?
Three cases of the variant from Brazil have been identified in Ireland.
# Explainer
'Drastic action': Could the Facebook block of Australian news become an issue in other countries?
A proposed law in Australia would compel internet companies to pay news organisations.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's the latest with Ireland's vaccine rollout?
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.
# Explainer
The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine could get approved in Europe next month - here's everything you need to know
The Taoiseach said this one-dose jab will be “a big help” in Ireland’s vaccine rollout.
# Sean Graham bookmakers
'A bad week for the PSNI': How an arrest at a Belfast massacre memorial has put pressure on policing
Chief Constable Simon Byrne has apologised for the force’s conduct at the memorial.
# starting tomorrow
Explainer: Here's what you need to know ahead of Trump's impeachment trial
The proceedings are scheduled to begin tomorrow, just over a month since the deadly riot at the US Capitol.
# Covid-19
Explainer: What's happening with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and older people in Ireland?
The jab has been the subject of ongoing controversies in recent weeks.
# Brexit
Explainer: Why has a row broken out over checks between GB and Northern Ireland?
There’s a lot going on. Here it is, all broken down into bite-sized pieces.
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.
Volume of trucks arriving in Ireland is 50% lower than expected due to Covid restrictions and Brexit
How has trade between Ireland and Great Britain been affected in the first two weeks of Brexit?
# Explainer
Explainer: Why has the Myanmar military staged a coup and what happens next?
The military today declared it had taken control of the country for one year under a state of emergency.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Trump's second impeachment - what happens next, and what does it mean for his future?
This impeachment hinges on the riot earlier this month in the US Capitol building, as Larry Donnelly explains.
# getting the jab done
Explainer: What's happening in the row between the EU and AstraZeneca?
The global competition for Covid-19 vaccines is putting the EU and Britain on a post-Brexit collision course.
# CervicalCheck
Why is CervicalCheck using HPV tests instead of testing for all smear abnormalities? spoke to Noirin Russell about some of the common questions about the change to the cancer screening programme.
# work life balance
Other countries have tried it, so what does the 'right to disconnect' actually mean?
A public consultation is currently underway in this country.
# grip on power
Timeline: Is there time to impeach Trump and could he be banned from running in the future?
Joe Biden will be inaugurated as his successor next week.
# Explainer
Pro-Trump social media app Parler was a breeding ground for extremism - so why has it only been taken offline now?
At the height of its powers, Parler had 10 million users.
# Construction
Explainer: Here is how today's construction lockdown will impact building projects
Despite the lockdown there are a number of construction projects that can continue.
# Explainer
Why is Brexit impacting deliveries to Ireland, and what else is being held up?
How exactly is Brexit affecting food supply chains and trade routes – and will things settle down soon?
# Explainer
The 25th Amendment: Could Trump be removed from office before Joe Biden's inauguration?
Republicans and Democrats have floated the idea of removing Trump from the White House.
# ireland's turn
Explainer: Ireland takes its seat on the UN Security Council tomorrow - here's what it hopes it can achieve
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.