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#Explainer

# explainer - Saturday 16 February, 2019

Why Trump declaring a border wall emergency may prove more of an obstacle for himself

The US president’s wall is far from a sure thing even now.

# explainer - Saturday 9 February, 2019

What's going on with Jeff Bezos, a tabloid magazine, Donald Trump and alleged blackmail?

A heated dispute is ongoing in the US involving some very high profile figures.

The Real Veal: Here's how to tell if your meat is Irish or not

For fresh meats, the rules are clear. For processed meats, not so much.

Costs, changes and controversies: The decades-long saga behind the NCH

The controversy over the costs of the project is just the latest in a series of problems to affect the project

# explainer - Wednesday 6 February, 2019

Leo and Theresa are heading back to Brussels - but is there any hope for talks or is it Groundhog Day (again)?

Can the so-called Malthouse Compromise provide a basis for a breakthrough, or is the latest effort over before it begins?

# explainer - Tuesday 5 February, 2019

Explainer: Has the US been paying attention to Brexit and does the White House care? Special Relationship This post contains videos

Explainer: Has the US been paying attention to Brexit and does the White House care?

Politicians have only recently started talking about it and Trump hasn’t addressed it much.

# explainer - Saturday 2 February, 2019

It's been mentioned all week about Brexit, but what is 'perfidious Albion'?

It’s a phrase that has literally been around for centuries.

What will a no-deal Brexit mean for Ireland?

This seems as a good time as any to talk about this.

# explainer - Wednesday 30 January, 2019

MPs don't want the Irish backstop. Europe won't budge. So now what?

Another vote is promised by 13 February – if the Withdrawal Agreement isn’t approved then, it’s looking like a no-deal Brexit.

# explainer - Tuesday 29 January, 2019

MPs 'Take Back Control': What is the House of Commons voting on today?

The UK government is running out of road, so here are the options that could salvage May’s deal.

# explainer - Thursday 24 January, 2019

Two men are claiming to be president of Venezuela, so what exactly is going on?

The current political crisis has been years in the making.

# explainer - Sunday 20 January, 2019

Explainer: Why are some school secretaries on less money than others?

A campaign has begun this year to try to increase school secretaries’ pay – but is it so varied in the first place?

# explainer - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

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Explainer: Who's to blame for the US shutdown and is there an end in sight?

It’s all about money, and a wall.

# explainer - Tuesday 8 January, 2019

Credit unions are to be given more freedom to compete with moneylenders, so what would this mean?

It could mean they can offer small loans to people who otherwise mightn’t get credit.

# explainer - Monday 7 January, 2019

What we know about the Irish citizen captured in Syria allegedly fighting for Islamic State

A US-backed group yesterday said that it had captured an Irish citizen fighting for Islamic State in Syria.

# explainer - Thursday 3 January, 2019

Explainer: Why Brexit could be behind the upsurge in migrants aiming to cross the English Channel

Four in five people who attempted to cross the English Channel in dinghies in 2018 did so in the last three months. But why?

# explainer - Sunday 30 December, 2018

Timeline: The history of abortion in Ireland

Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May of this year.

# explainer - Wednesday 26 December, 2018

Last week, the US passed a bill to radically reform its criminal justice system - but what will it change?

The bill passed in the Senate last week after it received huge bipartisan support.

# explainer - Thursday 20 December, 2018

From The42 Several of Ireland's top athletes are being prevented from chasing their Olympic dream. Here's why Explainer

Several of Ireland's top athletes are being prevented from chasing their Olympic dream. Here's why

Political in-fighting has divided Irish karate for months now.

# explainer - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Explainer: What is a 'terf' and what's going on with the UK's debate on transgender rights?

Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 is being considered by the government.

# explainer - Friday 14 December, 2018

Explainer: How will the liquidation of Qudos impact Irish customers?

The short answer is, we don’t know yet. But here’s what might happen.

# explainer - Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Win or lose: Here's what could happen after Theresa May's vote of confidence

If May wins the vote, she could still be pushed to resign if a large enough number of MPs vote against her.

# explainer - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

We're in Brexit limbo - so what could possibly happen next?

Theresa May has turned to European leaders today to try to find something that will make the Brexit deal more palatable.

# explainer - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

Why is Theresa May facing accusations of contempt in the House of Commons?

The last time an MP was expelled from parliament for contempt was in 1947 – and that’s an interesting story in itself.

# explainer - Sunday 2 December, 2018

Everything you need to know about the new US work visas for Irish people

It’s not a done deal yet, but advocates are cautiously optimistic about a big win.

From The42 Everything you need to know ahead of the Euro 2020 draw in Dublin Explainer

Everything you need to know ahead of the Euro 2020 draw in Dublin

The Convention Centre will stage the event on Sunday morning.

# explainer - Saturday 1 December, 2018

How 'Norway plus' could be a Brexit solution, and why trading garlic is problematic

They would get full access to the Single Market and avoid tariff barriers.

# explainer - Saturday 24 November, 2018

Who is Asia Bibi and why has her case sparked furious protests?

There have been calls for the Pakistani woman to be offered asylum, including in Ireland.

# explainer - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Explainer: What's going on with Gibraltar and why is Spain threatening to derail the Brexit deal?

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory, located near the southernmost tip of Spain.

# explainer - Friday 16 November, 2018

Brexiteers worry that the EU's withdrawal agreement will turn the UK into a 'vassal state' - but what does that mean?

The draft agreement has been denounced across Britain’s political spectrum since it was unveiled on Wednesday night

# explainer - Thursday 15 November, 2018

The draft Brexit deal is 585 pages long. What's in it and what happens now?

The agreement has caused outcry from Brexiteers and Remainers alike.

Theresa May's Cabinet: Who's gone, who's backing her - and what's likely to happen now

There have been five resignations so far today – including two members of her Cabinet.

# explainer - Friday 9 November, 2018

# explainer - Thursday 8 November, 2018

Explainer: The US president, the CNN journalist and the case of a doctored video

Footage shared by Sarah Huckabee Sanders was used to justify the suspension of Jim Acosta’s press pass yesterday.

# explainer - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

Red vs Blue: Here's what you need to know ahead of the US midterms Land Of The Free This post contains videos

Red vs Blue: Here's what you need to know ahead of the US midterms

The elections come at a polarised time for US politics.

# explainer - Saturday 27 October, 2018

It's all over bar the kissing - but how are the votes counted and when will it be official?

Here’s your step-by step guide to count day.

# explainer - Friday 26 October, 2018

Here's your guide to voting in the presidential election and blasphemy referendum

What, when, where – and a bit of who and which, if you need help with that as well.

# explainer - Thursday 25 October, 2018

Explainer: What will the new Airbnb laws mean for homeowners and landlords?

The much-anticipated regulations will come into force in June 2019 in areas with high housing demand.

How many votes do the candidates need to get their campaign money back?

The three Dragons – Seán Gallagher, Gavin Duffy, and Peter Casey – are funding their campaigns through their own funds.

# explainer - Tuesday 23 October, 2018

What exactly is the Irish backstop, which could derail a final Brexit deal?

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

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