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#the explainer

# the-explainer - Friday 16 August, 2019

The Explainer: How are we still making discoveries at Newgrange?

And why haven’t we dug the entire Boyne Valley up to find more?

# the-explainer - Thursday 8 August, 2019

The Explainer: What is the Irish backstop?

This week on The Explainer podcast, we look at the backstop, and why it is such a major issue for Brexit.

# the-explainer - Friday 26 July, 2019

The Explainer: Can people applying for citizenship spend a day outside Ireland?

We discuss the ruling that led to the shock decision on this week’s podcast.

# the-explainer - Friday 19 July, 2019

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

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

# the-explainer - Monday 15 July, 2019

The Explainer: Why are your insurance premiums increasing by so much?

And what can be done to fix the industry?

# the-explainer - Friday 5 July, 2019

The Explainer: What's behind the Drogheda feud?

Ending a cycle of violence like this isn’t easy, and often requires a community-wide approach.

# the-explainer - Friday 28 June, 2019

The Explainer: How Patrick Nevin was found guilty in the 'Tinder rape case'

We look at the Patrick Nevin court case which saw him being found guilty of raping one woman and sexually assaulting another.

# the-explainer - Friday 21 June, 2019

The Explainer: The story of the Ana Kriegel trial

A look at the trial which found two 14-year-old boys guilty of the murder of teenager Ana Kriegel.

# the-explainer - Sunday 16 June, 2019

The Explainer: How did a woman who died in Direct Provision come to be buried without ceremony?

Who was Sylva Tukula and what does her death mean for Ireland?

# the-explainer - Friday 7 June, 2019

The Explainer: Why was there controversy over Katie Taylor's recent win?

In this week’s episode, we take a look at why the win is being appealed, and how judging in boxing works.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 4 June, 2019

'Nobody dies without a Healy Rae send-off - or perhaps nobody is born without a Healy Rae arrival'

Here’s what we learned after taking a dive into Healy-Rae history.

# the-explainer - Friday 31 May, 2019

The Explainer: Why have the Healy Raes never lost an election?

The Explainer: Why have the Healy Raes never lost an election?

In this week’s episode, we take a look at one of Irish politics’ most interesting families: the Healy Raes.

# the-explainer - Friday 24 May, 2019

The Explainer: What's the story with an EU army?

Could an EU army be founded soon? And if so what would that mean for Ireland?

# the-explainer - Monday 20 May, 2019

The Explainer: Why are so many US states tightening abortion laws right now?

With a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives and a pro-life president, this type of shift in abortion legislation had been expected for some time – so what happens now?

# the-explainer - Thursday 16 May, 2019

Why are abortion laws being restricted in the US right now?

This week has seen a lot of discussion around abortion laws in the US state of Georgia and Alabama – but what is the situation countrywide?

# the-explainer - Monday 13 May, 2019

The Explainer: How did Patrick Quirke get convicted of the murder of Bobby Ryan?

In this week’s episode of our podcast The Explainer, we look at the evidence used in one of Ireland’s most prolific murder trials.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Simon Harris says Ireland may own its own medicinal cannabis supply in the future

The legislation to underpin the medicinal cannabis scheme is due to be signed off on in the coming weeks.

The Explainer: Can Ireland grow its own medicinal cannabis?

This will make it significantly less of a grey area in Irish law – and it could also herald the start of the Irish cannabis industry.

# the-explainer - Monday 29 April, 2019

Irish government to consider similar legislation to UK 'porn block' law

From July pornography sites will be required to have robust age-verification systems in place for UK users.

The Explainer: How will the UK’s new porn blocking law work?

Age verification will be required to access online pornography in the United Kingdom from July.

# the-explainer - Thursday 25 April, 2019

The Explainer: Why has Ireland had a 208% increase in measles cases?

In the next episode of our weekly podcast, we look at why cases of the illness are increasing in Ireland and other countries, despite a vaccination which prevents it.

# the-explainer - Tuesday 23 April, 2019

The Explainer: Why haven't any supervised drug injection centres opened in Ireland?

A pilot scheme is due to open in Dublin city centre, but the process is stuck in planning permission limbo.

# the-explainer - Sunday 14 April, 2019

The Explainer: What exactly happened with Brexit last Wednesday night?

That’s what we examined in our latest episode of The Explainer.

# the-explainer - Thursday 11 April, 2019

The Explainer: What exactly happened with Brexit last night?

Brexit is far from over, so what does it mean for Ireland, the UK, and the European elections?

# the-explainer - Sunday 7 April, 2019

The Explainer: Why is John Delaney in the news so much right now?

In the latest episode of our weekly podcast, we look at the reasons why the FAI’s John Delaney has been the focus of media attention of late.

# the-explainer - Sunday 31 March, 2019

Is your head being melted by this EU daylight savings debate? We're here to help

Why does Europe want to scrap seasonal clock changes? Will Ireland have to?

The Explainer: Is Ireland getting rid of Daylight Savings Time?

In the latest episode of our weekly podcast, we look at proposed changes to Daylight Savings Time – and what Ireland’s options are.

# the-explainer - Sunday 24 March, 2019

The Explainer: Islamic State has been defeated in Syria. What happens if members return to Ireland?

Experts have said there needs to be a focus on ensuring more people in Ireland do not become radicalised.

The Explainer: What can the Irish government do about returning Islamic State members?

In the latest episode of our weekly podcast, we look at the case of Irish woman Lisa Smith and what the government can do about returning Islamic State members.

# the-explainer - Sunday 17 March, 2019

'It spreads like wildfire': Why Ireland, and the world, is seeing a huge surge in measles cases

Some 136,000 people died from measles globally in 2018.

# the-explainer - Monday 11 March, 2019

What would happen to food in Ireland if there's a no-deal Brexit?

Businesses are keeping schtum, and this is an event that’s never happened before – still, we’ve an idea of what it would mean.

# the-explainer - Sunday 10 March, 2019

Introducing our new podcast: The Explainer’s new podcast looks at the facts behind the biggest news stories.