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# explainer - Monday 13 September, 2021

Explainer: What is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme?
# EUSPA
# EUSPA

Explainer: What is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme?

Mon 7:00 PM 5,080 Views 3 Comments

EUSPA was officially launched this year as part of the EU’s €14.8 billion space programme.

# explainer - Friday 10 September, 2021

What's going on with the government's Sláintecare plan for the health service?
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What's going on with the government's Sláintecare plan for the health service?

Sep 10th 2021, 8:00 PM 10,730 Views 15 Comments

The office in charge of the reforms saw two key departures this week.

# explainer - Sunday 5 September, 2021

How much do we know about the Mu strain of Covid-19, the WHO's latest 'variant of interest'?
# Mu Variant
# Mu Variant

How much do we know about the Mu strain of Covid-19, the WHO's latest 'variant of interest'?

Sep 5th 2021, 7:00 AM 42,577 Views 28 Comments

Four cases of this variant have been identified so far in Ireland, according to latest figures.

# explainer - Thursday 26 August, 2021

The Explainer: What's the future for women in Afghanistan?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the future for women in Afghanistan?

Aug 26th 2021, 7:30 PM 4,281 Views 0 Comments

This week’s guest is Heather Barr from Human Rights Watch.

# explainer - Monday 16 August, 2021

The Taliban are returning to power in Afghanistan after two decades - but who are they?
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# Explainer

The Taliban are returning to power in Afghanistan after two decades - but who are they?

Aug 16th 2021, 2:59 PM 31,901 Views 31 Comments

The last time the Taliban had control over the country, women and girls were mostly denied education or employment.

# explainer - Sunday 15 August, 2021

Explainer: Here's why a limited number of Covid-19 cases in vaccinated people is to be expected
# Breakthrough Cases
# Breakthrough Cases

Explainer: Here's why a limited number of Covid-19 cases in vaccinated people is to be expected

Aug 15th 2021, 6:30 AM 99,959 Views 70 Comments

The vaccines aren’t 100% effective, but they are a significant barrier against severe illness from Covid-19.

# explainer - Tuesday 10 August, 2021

Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the Ebola-like Marburg virus
# Disease
# Disease

Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the Ebola-like Marburg virus

Aug 10th 2021, 7:45 PM 36,467 Views 14 Comments

Guinea has recorded its first known case of the disease.

# explainer - Saturday 31 July, 2021

The Explainer: What has sparked rare protests in Cuba?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What has sparked rare protests in Cuba?

Jul 31st 2021, 8:45 AM 8,628 Views 11 Comments

Ruaridh Nicoll, a journalist based in Havana, joins us for this week’s episode.

# explainer - Thursday 29 July, 2021

Explainer: Why you may have a second dose vaccine appointment sooner than recommended
# Double Jabbed
# Double Jabbed

Explainer: Why you may have a second dose vaccine appointment sooner than recommended

Jul 29th 2021, 8:01 PM 50,779 Views 19 Comments

The HSE says that a 17 day gap for Pfizer is “safe and effective”.

# explainer - Monday 26 July, 2021

Here is the current guidance on vaccinating children against Covid-19
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# Explainer

Here is the current guidance on vaccinating children against Covid-19

Jul 26th 2021, 6:00 PM 30,238 Views 14 Comments

Niac is expected to issue guidance to the Government and HSE this week.

# explainer - Thursday 22 July, 2021

The Explainer: Why does the British government want to stop Troubles prosecutions?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why does the British government want to stop Troubles prosecutions?

Jul 22nd 2021, 3:55 PM 8,076 Views 0 Comments

David Blevins of Sky News joins us for this week’s episode.

# explainer - Wednesday 14 July, 2021

Why is South Africa facing its worst level of unrest since the 1990s?
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Why is South Africa facing its worst level of unrest since the 1990s?

Jul 14th 2021, 6:17 PM 25,648 Views 23 Comments

At least 72 people have died and over 1,200 have been arrested.

# explainer - Friday 9 July, 2021

What does data show about England's third wave, as it prepares to 'unlock' in 10 days?
# Quick Maths
# Quick Maths

What does data show about England's third wave, as it prepares to 'unlock' in 10 days?

Jul 9th 2021, 3:25 PM 28,296 Views 41 Comments

Case rates are rising sharply, including among children, but the number of deaths remains at a low level.

# explainer - Thursday 8 July, 2021

Cuckoo funds are said to be playing a role in Ireland's housing market, but what impact are they having?
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Cuckoo funds are said to be playing a role in Ireland's housing market, but what impact are they having?

Jul 8th 2021, 7:30 PM 16,418 Views 49 Comments

The Government has come under fire for passing an amendment to allow tax breaks for the funds.

Haiti is in a 'state of siege' after its president was assassinated – so what's behind the latest chaos?
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# Explainer

Haiti is in a 'state of siege' after its president was assassinated – so what's behind the latest chaos?

Jul 8th 2021, 3:36 PM 11,919 Views 6 Comments

The 53-year-old was killed by gunmen yesterday.

# explainer - Wednesday 7 July, 2021

Explainer: Ireland got its first cost-rental homes today - but how exactly do they work?
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# Explainer

Explainer: Ireland got its first cost-rental homes today - but how exactly do they work?

Jul 7th 2021, 8:00 PM 23,404 Views 19 Comments

“They’re secure, people can lay down their roots here,” said Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien.

The Explainer: What is the mica scandal and how has it affected homeowners?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What is the mica scandal and how has it affected homeowners?

Jul 7th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,737 Views 0 Comments

This week, we talk you through how the mica scandal unfolded, and what it tells us about housing in Ireland.

# explainer - Monday 5 July, 2021

'The gates of hell opening up': What caused the massive Gulf of Mexico fire?
# Lord Of The Rings
# Lord Of The Rings

'The gates of hell opening up': What caused the massive Gulf of Mexico fire?

Jul 5th 2021, 1:13 PM 35,782 Views 29 Comments

Footage of the inferno went viral over the weekend.

# explainer - Friday 2 July, 2021

The Explainer: What is going on with the National Maternity Hospital?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What is going on with the National Maternity Hospital?

Jul 2nd 2021, 6:00 PM 4,632 Views 0 Comments

Reporter Gráinne Ní Aodha talks us through what you need to know.

# explainer - Thursday 17 June, 2021

The Explainer: What's all this about a Brexit sausage war?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What's all this about a Brexit sausage war?

Jun 17th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,480 Views 3 Comments

Yes, a Brexit sausage row. Let us break it down for you with the help of Gráinne Ní Aodha and Dominic McGrath of BBC Radio Foyle.

Explainer: How does Hungary's new law affect LGBT+ rights?
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

Explainer: How does Hungary's new law affect LGBT+ rights?

Jun 17th 2021, 4:34 PM 11,020 Views 45 Comments

Hungary has passed a bill that bans sharing content that “promotes” being gay to children and teenagers.

# explainer - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

The Mica controversy explained: Here's why thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to protest today
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# Explainer

The Mica controversy explained: Here's why thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to protest today

Jun 15th 2021, 4:07 PM 30,559 Views 31 Comments

Homeowners are protesting in Dublin’s city centre today.

# explainer - Thursday 10 June, 2021

Explainer: Why has a controversy blown up around political party members posing as pollsters?
# Controversy
# Controversy

Explainer: Why has a controversy blown up around political party members posing as pollsters?

Updated Jun 10th 2021, 3:10 PM 12,316 Views 48 Comments
  • It was reported yesterday that Sinn Féin party members had pretended to be pollsters carrying fake marketing research company IDs.
  • SF TD Eoin Ó Broin described the practice as "widespread and common".
  • Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party have also engaged in similar polling in the past.

# explainer - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Explainer: Some of the world's best known websites went down today - why?
# Off And Back On
# Off And Back On

Explainer: Some of the world's best known websites went down today - why?

Jun 8th 2021, 4:46 PM 16,695 Views 4 Comments

The Irish Times, Amazon, Gov.UK and other major sites weren’t available earlier today – here’s what happened.

# explainer - Friday 28 May, 2021

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends
# Renting
# Renting

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends

Updated May 28th 2021, 2:07 PM 83,217 Views 115 Comments
  • Measures that provided for a rent freeze for those in financial trouble were implemented during the pandemic.
  • In Rent Pressure Zones, the maximum rent increase permitted is 4% per annum.
  • Where a landlord carries out a rent review for the first time in two years in an RPZ, a total increase of 8% increase can apply.

# explainer - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Explainer: How does a garda media blackout work in the age of social media?
# Media Blackout
# Media Blackout

Explainer: How does a garda media blackout work in the age of social media?

May 26th 2021, 9:00 PM 36,386 Views 22 Comments

Gardaí requested a media blackout during the Blanchardstown siege on Tuesday night but social media companies did not comply.

# explainer - Monday 24 May, 2021

What's happened in Belarus since last year's protests against president Alexander Lukashenko?
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# Explainer

What's happened in Belarus since last year's protests against president Alexander Lukashenko?

May 24th 2021, 12:54 PM 12,507 Views 4 Comments

Yesterday’s incident was the latest in a series of crackdowns against the country’s opposition.

# explainer - Tuesday 18 May, 2021

Explainer: How is Ireland's response to the threat of global cyber crime coordinated?
# Cyber Response
# Cyber Response

Explainer: How is Ireland's response to the threat of global cyber crime coordinated?

May 18th 2021, 5:30 PM 8,541 Views 5 Comments

The fight back against the HSE cyber attack is a multi agency operation.

# explainer - Thursday 13 May, 2021

The Explainer: What's the story with rapid Covid-19 tests?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the story with rapid Covid-19 tests?

May 13th 2021, 7:00 PM 8,561 Views 9 Comments

On this week’s podcast, we explain more – and producer Nicky Ryan takes an antigen test during recording.

# explainer - Friday 7 May, 2021

The Explainer: Has Covid changed the way we work?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Has Covid changed the way we work?

May 7th 2021, 8:04 PM 5,290 Views 2 Comments

On this week’s podcast episode, we look at how working from home might work in a post-Covid world.

# explainer - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Explainer: How will the Government's Affordable Home Shared Equity Scheme work?
# Affordable Housing Bill
# Affordable Housing Bill

Explainer: How will the Government's Affordable Home Shared Equity Scheme work?

May 5th 2021, 5:26 PM 24,187 Views 17 Comments

Generation Rent need a leg up onto the property ladder and the Government say they have the solution, but will it work?

Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook today - here's what you need to know
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Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook today - here's what you need to know

May 5th 2021, 6:10 AM 11,298 Views 0 Comments

The Facebook Oversight Board will rule on Trump’s ongoing ban this afternoon.

# explainer - Wednesday 28 April, 2021

Leaks, refurbs and lockdown outbursts: Why is pressure mounting on Boris Johnson?
# Under Pressure
# Under Pressure

Leaks, refurbs and lockdown outbursts: Why is pressure mounting on Boris Johnson?

Apr 28th 2021, 6:00 PM 15,266 Views 10 Comments

Johnson’s refurbishment of his Downing Street flat is to be investigated by the Electoral Commission.

# explainer - Thursday 22 April, 2021

Explainer: Why is India shattering global coronavirus infection records?
# Global Record
# Global Record

Explainer: Why is India shattering global coronavirus infection records?

Apr 22nd 2021, 6:13 PM 33,671 Views 22 Comments

The country has confirmed 15.9 million cases of infection, the second highest after the United States, and 184,657 deaths.

# explainer - Wednesday 21 April, 2021

The Explainer: Why did everyone hit the roof over plans for a football Super League?
# Explainer
# Explainer

The Explainer: Why did everyone hit the roof over plans for a football Super League?

Apr 21st 2021, 5:30 PM 10,137 Views 10 Comments

Don’t worry if you don’t have a clue – this week’s podcast will explain.

# explainer - Thursday 8 April, 2021

Explainer: What is known about the AstraZeneca blood clot reports so far
# Side Effects
# Side Effects

Explainer: What is known about the AstraZeneca blood clot reports so far

Apr 8th 2021, 2:54 PM 21,403 Views 16 Comments

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee is to decide if further advice needs to be issued about the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Loyalist anger at post-Brexit trade rules among factors in Northern Ireland disorder
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Loyalist anger at post-Brexit trade rules among factors in Northern Ireland disorder

Apr 8th 2021, 8:10 AM 23,779 Views 49 Comments

It took an event unrelated to the Irish Sea border furore to set a match to simmering tensions

# explainer - Saturday 3 April, 2021

Why did some Irish MEPs vote against an 'urgency' proposal for the EU's Digital Green Certificates?
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# Explainer

Why did some Irish MEPs vote against an 'urgency' proposal for the EU's Digital Green Certificates?

Apr 3rd 2021, 6:30 AM 29,573 Views 36 Comments

Some MEPs voted against skipping the committee stage, where legislation underpinning the Certificates would be scrutinised.

# explainer - Thursday 25 March, 2021

Not so rosy in the garden: Why are the Greens arguing amongst themselves again and why does it matter?
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Not so rosy in the garden: Why are the Greens arguing amongst themselves again and why does it matter?

Mar 25th 2021, 6:34 PM 21,338 Views 26 Comments

A row about a Seanad by-election has stolen attention away from a big political win – here’s why.

The Explainer: Why is there talk of an EU-UK 'vaccine war'?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why is there talk of an EU-UK 'vaccine war'?

Mar 25th 2021, 8:00 AM 10,438 Views 19 Comments

What’s going on? We take a look in this week’s episode.

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