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# explainer - Sunday 15 September, 2019

Explainer: A tropical subject ... Could typhoons affect the upcoming Rugby World Cup?
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# Explainer

Explainer: A tropical subject ... Could typhoons affect the upcoming Rugby World Cup?

Sep 15th 2019, 7:30 AM 33,787 Views 13 Comments

The disruption caused in Tokyo on Monday by a typhoon has ignited questions about contingency planning.

# explainer - Wednesday 11 September, 2019

A Scottish court declared prorogation unlawful - so what happens next?
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# Explainer

A Scottish court declared prorogation unlawful - so what happens next?

Sep 11th 2019, 5:52 PM 20,429 Views 20 Comments

All eyes are now on an appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

# explainer - Friday 6 September, 2019

The Explainer: Who is Dominic Cummings?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Who is Dominic Cummings?

Sep 6th 2019, 8:00 PM 22,997 Views 15 Comments

In this week’s episode of The Explainer,

# explainer - Thursday 5 September, 2019

What's next for M&S after the British company fell out of the FTSE 100?
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# Explainer

What's next for M&S after the British company fell out of the FTSE 100?

Sep 5th 2019, 10:05 AM 15,990 Views 29 Comments

This is the first time M&S has not been a FTSE 100 member since 1984.

Bill to delay Brexit will pass through House of Lords tomorrow. What then?
# GE19
# GE19

Bill to delay Brexit will pass through House of Lords tomorrow. What then?

Sep 5th 2019, 8:42 AM 26,079 Views 62 Comments

There are 56 days until the current Brexit deadline.

# explainer - Sunday 1 September, 2019

Explainer: The British parliament is being prorogued - but could the queen have refused?
# Constitutional Crisis
# Constitutional Crisis

Explainer: The British parliament is being prorogued - but could the queen have refused?

Updated Sep 1st 2019, 12:29 PM 34,140 Views 26 Comments

Rory Stewart said before that if parliament was prorogued, he would help organise an alternative parliament.

Explainer: What will happen to EU citizens living in the UK after 31 October?
# Brexit
# Brexit

Explainer: What will happen to EU citizens living in the UK after 31 October?

Sep 1st 2019, 7:30 AM 56,393 Views 35 Comments

Concerns have been raised about the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the status of European citizens living in Britain.

# explainer - Tuesday 27 August, 2019

Explainer: Why a US court ruling could be a turning point in one of the country's worst-ever drug epidemics
# Johnson And Johnson
# Johnson And Johnson

Explainer: Why a US court ruling could be a turning point in one of the country's worst-ever drug epidemics

Aug 27th 2019, 10:18 AM 29,094 Views 46 Comments

A landmark ruling against Johnson & Johnson was made in Oklahoma yesterday.

# explainer - Sunday 25 August, 2019

Explainer: What happened to the personal injuries register and why has it been shelved?
# Insurance Reform
# Insurance Reform

Explainer: What happened to the personal injuries register and why has it been shelved?

Aug 25th 2019, 8:00 PM 18,256 Views 10 Comments

Legislation was brought in 15 years ago which provided for a personal injuries register but it never happened.

# explainer - Saturday 17 August, 2019

Circle the date ... Here's why 9 September is set to be a red letter Brexit day in Westminster
# All Kicking Off
# All Kicking Off

Circle the date ... Here's why 9 September is set to be a red letter Brexit day in Westminster

Aug 17th 2019, 9:30 AM 55,301 Views 41 Comments

It’s all set to kick off again in the Commons from the start of next month – here are the key dates.

# explainer - Wednesday 14 August, 2019

How escalating tensions in Hong Kong have brought one of the world's busiest airports to a standstill
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# Explainer

How escalating tensions in Hong Kong have brought one of the world's busiest airports to a standstill

Aug 14th 2019, 6:20 AM 9,830 Views 10 Comments

Tensions have been simmering for months in Hong Kong, sparked by a proposed extradition bill with China.

# explainer - Sunday 11 August, 2019

Battle of the Bogside: It's 50 years since the community riot that changed Ireland
# Free Derry
# Free Derry

Battle of the Bogside: It's 50 years since the community riot that changed Ireland

Aug 11th 2019, 10:00 PM 30,489 Views 43 Comments

In August 1969, the people of the city’s Bogside area erected barricades to prevent the RUC entering.

Explainer: The HPV vaccine is free for boys from next month - here's why that's important
# HPV Vaccine
# HPV Vaccine

Explainer: The HPV vaccine is free for boys from next month - here's why that's important

Aug 11th 2019, 12:05 AM 30,871 Views 55 Comments

Over 500 cases of cancer associated with the HPV infection are diagnosed every year in Ireland.

# explainer - Saturday 10 August, 2019

Explainer: Why is there controversy over the new Central Bank governor?
# Gabriel Makhlouf
# Gabriel Makhlouf

Explainer: Why is there controversy over the new Central Bank governor?

Aug 10th 2019, 8:30 PM 15,930 Views 11 Comments

It all stems from a leak of New Zealand’s budget earlier this year.

# explainer - Wednesday 7 August, 2019

Explainer: Why has Kashmir lost its special status and what now for the contested Indian region?
# Article 370
# Article 370

Explainer: Why has Kashmir lost its special status and what now for the contested Indian region?

Aug 7th 2019, 6:20 AM 13,019 Views 18 Comments

Once a territory of the British empire, Jammu and Kashmir chose to join India over Pakistan in 1947.

# explainer - Friday 2 August, 2019

The Explainer: What is Fortnite and how can people make money from it?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What is Fortnite and how can people make money from it?

Aug 2nd 2019, 6:30 PM 12,100 Views 31 Comments

On this week’s episode, we delve into the world of Fortnite and esports.

Cast-iron and vital, or an anti-democratic bureaucracy: what is the Irish backstop?
# Brexit Explained
# Brexit Explained

Cast-iron and vital, or an anti-democratic bureaucracy: what is the Irish backstop?

Aug 2nd 2019, 12:05 AM 25,755 Views 36 Comments

Should it be for a limited period of time or not? Should it apply to the UK as a whole, or just Northern Ireland?

# explainer - Thursday 1 August, 2019

Explainer: Why have beef farmers across the country been protesting in recent weeks?
# Farming
# Farming

Explainer: Why have beef farmers across the country been protesting in recent weeks?

Aug 1st 2019, 6:15 AM 16,574 Views 42 Comments

The Irish Farmers’ Association has said the Irish and European beef sectors are “in crisis”.

# explainer - Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Explainer: Why are thousands of protesters calling for Puerto Rico's governor to resign?
# Storm Ricardo
# Storm Ricardo

Explainer: Why are thousands of protesters calling for Puerto Rico's governor to resign?

Jul 23rd 2019, 4:25 PM 8,547 Views 8 Comments

Messages from a leaked Telegram group revealed alleged homophobic and sexist messages from Governor Ricardo Rossello.

'Malice, incompetence, negligence': How false claims about historical sex abuse in UK sparked '£2 million probe'
# Historical Abuse
# Historical Abuse

'Malice, incompetence, negligence': How false claims about historical sex abuse in UK sparked '£2 million probe'

Jul 23rd 2019, 11:12 AM 8,370 Views 0 Comments

Carl Beech was found guilty of perverting the course of justice yesterday over sex abuse claims against senior UK politicians.

# explainer - Monday 22 July, 2019

Explainer: Why did Iran seize a British oil tanker and the 23 crew members on board?
# Crisis
# Crisis

Explainer: Why did Iran seize a British oil tanker and the 23 crew members on board?

Jul 22nd 2019, 3:45 PM 12,243 Views 26 Comments

In video footage released by an Iranian news agency, masked soldiers are seen travelling down a rope and into the tanker.

# explainer - Friday 19 July, 2019

The Explainer: Why was there such controversy over Lizzo’s ticket sales?
# The Explainer
# The Explainer

The Explainer: Why was there such controversy over Lizzo’s ticket sales?

Jul 19th 2019, 7:00 PM 19,013 Views 18 Comments

Why did Lizzo tickets sell out so fast – and what’s happening with ticket reselling legislation?

# explainer - Sunday 14 July, 2019

What is Gatt 24, the 'loophole' cited by Boris Johnson against no-deal Brexit tariffs?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What is Gatt 24, the 'loophole' cited by Boris Johnson against no-deal Brexit tariffs?

Jul 14th 2019, 9:30 AM 36,916 Views 53 Comments

Things have become a little clearer on what would happen if there’s a no-deal Brexit, after the director of the WTO weighed into the debate.

# explainer - Saturday 13 July, 2019

Explainer: The minister, the understaffed Naval Service and the 'young fellas caught up in the middle'
# On The Defensive
# On The Defensive

Explainer: The minister, the understaffed Naval Service and the 'young fellas caught up in the middle'

Jul 13th 2019, 9:00 PM 21,608 Views 28 Comments

The dispute comes after a decision was made to take two vessels out of operation, leading to various claims and rows in the Dáil.

# explainer - Thursday 11 July, 2019

Explainer: Could Britain's next PM 'lock the doors of parliament' to force Brexit through?
# Extreme Ways
# Extreme Ways

Explainer: Could Britain's next PM 'lock the doors of parliament' to force Brexit through?

Jul 11th 2019, 6:10 AM 21,166 Views 32 Comments

It’s a question of ‘prorogation’, but what does that mean?

'The DUP didn't want this, but some will be relieved': What happens now in Northern Ireland?
# Explainer
# Explainer

'The DUP didn't want this, but some will be relieved': What happens now in Northern Ireland?

Jul 11th 2019, 12:05 AM 69,008 Views 41 Comments

These votes have been a long-time coming – but make the return of power-sharing much less likely.

# explainer - Sunday 7 July, 2019

Explainer: Minimum unit pricing for alcohol is on the way, but how exactly does it work?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: Minimum unit pricing for alcohol is on the way, but how exactly does it work?

Jul 7th 2019, 9:00 PM 33,878 Views 68 Comments

Cheaper drinks with a high alcohol content will see the biggest price change.

# explainer - Tuesday 2 July, 2019

What are the rules on dress codes and banners in the European Parliament?
# First Day Of School
# First Day Of School

What are the rules on dress codes and banners in the European Parliament?

Jul 2nd 2019, 5:42 PM 62,195 Views 74 Comments

Irish MEPs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace both wore ‘Free Assange’ t-shirts today, so is this allowed?

Why are leaders deadlocked over the top EU jobs - and who's in the running?
# Who Do EU Want
# Who Do EU Want

Why are leaders deadlocked over the top EU jobs - and who's in the running?

Jul 2nd 2019, 2:33 PM 8,942 Views 21 Comments

European leaders showed frustration as they entered a third day of discussions on who should fill the EU’s top jobs.

Explainer: Here's how the 2019 TG4 All-Ireland senior championship is shaping up
# State Of Play
From The42
# State Of Play

Explainer: Here's how the 2019 TG4 All-Ireland senior championship is shaping up

Jul 2nd 2019, 12:36 PM 4,615 Views 0 Comments

The groups are all but finalised, and we’re almost ready for the road to Croker.

# explainer - Monday 1 July, 2019

Why a new trade deal between EU and South American countries has gone down badly in Ireland
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Why a new trade deal between EU and South American countries has gone down badly in Ireland

Jul 1st 2019, 6:00 PM 19,957 Views 40 Comments

The so-called Mercosur deal has been met with celebrations and opposition on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Explainer: The new rules on Airbnb hosting come into effect today - here's what you need to know
# Short-term Lets
# Short-term Lets

Explainer: The new rules on Airbnb hosting come into effect today - here's what you need to know

Jul 1st 2019, 3:16 PM 53,044 Views 29 Comments

These regulations mean a number of new rules – and potential penalties – for those affected by them.

# explainer - Saturday 29 June, 2019

Why is a 50-year-old debate about bussing black children to school hurting Joe Biden's campaign?
# Bussing
# Bussing

Why is a 50-year-old debate about bussing black children to school hurting Joe Biden's campaign?

Jun 29th 2019, 10:31 AM 28,842 Views 23 Comments

The question of bussing was raised during Thursday’s Democratic debate.

# explainer - Tuesday 25 June, 2019

One year after the scandal first emerged, why is debate raging again about Trump's child detention camps?
# Explainer
# Explainer

One year after the scandal first emerged, why is debate raging again about Trump's child detention camps?

Updated Jun 25th 2019, 9:00 AM 18,030 Views 68 Comments

The detention centres have been compared to prisons and concentration camps.

# explainer - Monday 24 June, 2019

Explainer: How have the US and Iran come to the brink of war?
# Trouble In The Gulf
# Trouble In The Gulf

Explainer: How have the US and Iran come to the brink of war?

Jun 24th 2019, 7:15 PM 14,032 Views 79 Comments

Tensions in the region have seen a US drone shot down and air strikes cancelled at the 11th hour.

# explainer - Saturday 22 June, 2019

Here are the key dates in the Tory leadership race and the UK's road to Brexit
# Arise Prime Minister
# Arise Prime Minister

Here are the key dates in the Tory leadership race and the UK's road to Brexit

Jun 22nd 2019, 7:31 AM 13,030 Views 17 Comments

There should be a new PM in a month’s time but the Brexit schedule is still anyone’s guess.

# explainer - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Explainer: Why are 10,000 HSE staff striking tomorrow?
# Strike Action
# Strike Action

Explainer: Why are 10,000 HSE staff striking tomorrow?

Jun 19th 2019, 1:53 PM 11,728 Views 7 Comments

And what impact will it have?

# explainer - Saturday 15 June, 2019

What's behind the violence in Mali and why does the Government want to send elite Defence Forces members there?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What's behind the violence in Mali and why does the Government want to send elite Defence Forces members there?

Jun 15th 2019, 9:00 AM 25,682 Views 43 Comments

This week, Cabinet approved a proposal to send troops abroad for peacekeeping duties.

# explainer - Friday 14 June, 2019

Where can I watch it, which star players will be there and all you need to know about the Copa America
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From The42
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Where can I watch it, which star players will be there and all you need to know about the Copa America

Jun 14th 2019, 4:56 PM 7,663 Views 6 Comments

Can Lionel Messi finally win a major honour at international level and other questions set to be answered in the coming weeks.

# explainer - Wednesday 12 June, 2019

An unusual meteorological event has caused this unsettled June weather
# Omega Block
# Omega Block

An unusual meteorological event has caused this unsettled June weather

Jun 12th 2019, 3:33 PM 247,986 Views 88 Comments

In case it helps at all to know, there’s a reason why we’re getting bouts of rain and sun.