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# Explainer

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# 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.
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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.
# elf and safety
FactFind: How has Santa amended his Christmas preparations to cope with the pandemic?
We’re assured not even a pandemic can quench the magic of Christmas.
# New Strain
Explainer: What we do and don't know about the new coronavirus strain reported in the UK
The new variant has not been detected in Ireland to date.
# strange happenings
Timeline: The appearances and disappearances of the mysterious monoliths around the world
A number of these tall, shiny, metal structures have popped up in various countries in recent weeks.
# Questions answered
Q&A: Answers to reader questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and Ireland's rollout plans
We’ve been putting your questions to the experts and relevant government agencies as part of this new Q&A series.
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.
# Vaccine
Explainer: How has a Covid-19 vaccine been approved so quickly in the UK?
The UK has formally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19.
# Cain ain't able
Mutiny in Number 10: What is going on in Boris Johnson's government and why does it matter?
The Vote Leave staffer is leaving Downing Street at the end of the year.
# Podcast
The Explainer: Did the polls get it right in the US election?
We chat to polls expert Kevin Cunningham of TU Dublin to find out more.
# Paperwork
Explainer: Why are Pennsylvania and North Carolina taking so long to count election votes?
Unsurprisingly, Covid-19 has played its part in the delay.
# Explainer
Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?
The commission is due to submit its final report today, over five years after it was set up.
# Explainer
How a four-month lockdown in Melbourne crushed a Covid-19 surge
Strict Covid-19 restrictions have just been lifted in Melbourne.
# A reminder
The Level 5 restrictions have just kicked in - here's what they are
Two households can meet outdoors for things like exercise, funerals allowed up to 25 mourners, and fines for breaching the rules.
# end sars
Explainer: What is happening in Nigeria?
Several people have been killed by security forces amid ongoing protests against police brutality.
# expert's view
'There is no benefit in rapid testing inter-county players,' as GAA to continue in Level 5
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.
# remote working
The government's telling you to work from home - what if your boss insists you come in?
Yesterday Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the government is looking at giving workers a right to request to work remotely.
# Explainer
What is the advice under Level 5 restrictions?
It has changed a bit since the last time NPHET recommended Level 5.
# covid19
Explainer: What are the new Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland?
The majority of the restrictions will kick in on Friday and will be in place for four weeks.
# Coronavirus
Explainer: What are England's new Covid-19 restrictions, and how do they compare to Ireland?
The new restrictions are expected to become law on Wednesday.
# destination nowhere
Explainer: There are now zero countries on the Green List - so how did that happen?
The list has had a controversial history and its days are now numbered.
# Coronavirus
Explainer: What's the thinking behind banning pubs and restaurants in Scotland from serving alcohol indoors?
Pubs, restaurants and cafés in most of Scotland are to be barred from selling alcohol indoors for more than two weeks.
# Nursing Homes
Explainer: What is the current situation with Covid-19 in nursing homes in Ireland?
NPHET raised concerns over outbreaks in nursing homes last weekend.
# Conspiracy Theory
QAnon: What is this conspiracy and why has Facebook banned it?
More time on the Internet due to the pandemic, coupled with Facebook’s recommendation algorithms, has added fuel to the QAnon fire.
# Lockdown
Explainer: What restrictions are in Level 5?
No social gatherings at all, no dine-in bars, but schools and creches stay open.
# Explainer
Explainer: What options do Leaving Cert students have now after the coding error debacle?
At least 6,500 students are believed to be impacted.
# Explainer
Explainer: Why has Northern Ireland's daily case record just doubled?
Northern Ireland confirmed a record 934 new Covid-19 cases today.
# Explainer
Explainer: What the Leaving Cert Calculated Grade errors mean for students
Around 6,500 students will now receive higher grades as a result.
# Dying with dignity
Explainer: Everything you need to know about the assisted dying bill set to come before the Dáil
New legislation could soon see assisted dying legalised in Ireland.
# Explainer
Who exactly is Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and what happens next?
At the age of 48, she would be the youngest justice on the current court if confirmed.
# Pay increase
Explainer: Why are politicians getting a 2% pay rise?
Many are angry that TDs and senators will see a pay rise next week.
# Explainer
We're at Level Two of the new Covid plan. Here's why we want to get to One (and avoid Five at all costs)
The government unveiled its new framework for living with Covid-19 over the next six to nine months today.
# Explainer
Why is the UK threatening to roll back on the 'Northern Ireland Protocol' and what does it mean for Brexit trade talks?
EU-UK trade talks are set to start up again tomorrow.
# pub crawl
How does Ireland's approach to reopening pubs compare to other countries?
Ireland is the only country in Europe in which pubs that do not serve food are still fully closed.
# battleground states
State of the race: Here's why the electoral college map may be looking good for Joe Biden right now
Trump is on the defensive in the states that won him the presidency in 2016.
# jacob blake
Explainer: How a US shooting sparked mass protests and sports teams walking out on matches
Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a police officer in Wisconsin on Sunday.