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# explainer - Yesterday’s News

Explainer: What are the laws in Texas around buying and using semi-automatic weapons?
# Uvalde Shooting
# Uvalde Shooting

Explainer: What are the laws in Texas around buying and using semi-automatic weapons?

Wed 1:58 PM 9,833 Views 4 Comments

The shooting at Uvalde has once again raised the question of gun control in the US.

# explainer - Monday 23 May, 2022

A new Covid variant of concern has been detected in Ireland - what do we know about it?
# Omicron
# Omicron

A new Covid variant of concern has been detected in Ireland - what do we know about it?

Mon 3:09 PM 34,453 Views 29 Comments

BA.4 and BA.5 were identified by the ECDC as variants of concern earlier this month.

# explainer - Thursday 19 May, 2022

What is monkeypox and why are cases spreading in the UK and Europe?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What is monkeypox and why are cases spreading in the UK and Europe?

May 19th 2022, 2:10 PM 44,532 Views 15 Comments

The virus usually spreads only in Central and West Africa.

# explainer - Wednesday 18 May, 2022

Explainer: Where 'clinically appropriate' stands as Government green lights NMH deal
# Maternity Care
# Maternity Care

Explainer: Where 'clinically appropriate' stands as Government green lights NMH deal

May 18th 2022, 4:00 PM 5,225 Views 7 Comments

The term has been defined in the government’s decision but not the legal documents of the agreement.

# explainer - Thursday 12 May, 2022

The Explainer: What does the election result mean for the future of Northern Ireland?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What does the election result mean for the future of Northern Ireland?

May 12th 2022, 6:30 PM 3,046 Views 0 Comments

Listen in to be brought up to speed about the weekend’s seismic election result.

Explainer: What we know about the recent spate of acute hepatitis in children
# Clusters
# Clusters

Explainer: What we know about the recent spate of acute hepatitis in children

May 12th 2022, 1:33 PM 10,266 Views 1 Comment

There have been six probable cases of the illness in Ireland, and one child has sadly died.

# explainer - Thursday 5 May, 2022

The Explainer: In the age of disinformation and misinformation, how does factchecking work?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: In the age of disinformation and misinformation, how does factchecking work?

May 5th 2022, 6:00 PM 3,068 Views 0 Comments

The Good Information Project has been looking at the fight against misinfo and disinfo, and this week on the podcast we’re taking a look at how factchecking and how it works.

# explainer - Tuesday 3 May, 2022

What’s going on with the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital and why are people unhappy?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What’s going on with the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital and why are people unhappy?

May 3rd 2022, 3:57 PM 18,772 Views 21 Comments

The long-running controversy is back in the headlines this week.

Roe v Wade: What you need to know about the 1973 case that enshrined US abortion rights
# Explainer
# Explainer

Roe v Wade: What you need to know about the 1973 case that enshrined US abortion rights

May 3rd 2022, 8:39 AM 12,778 Views 64 Comments

Jane Roe – a pseudonym for Norma McCorvey – sued the Dallas Attorney General, Henry Wade.

# explainer - Thursday 28 April, 2022

The Explainer: What is the situation like for people fleeing Ukraine now?
# The Explainer
# The Explainer

The Explainer: What is the situation like for people fleeing Ukraine now?

Apr 28th 2022, 5:30 PM 2,822 Views 0 Comments

Listen to hear what reporter Céimin Burke saw while reporting from the Polish-Ukrainian border last week.

# explainer - Wednesday 27 April, 2022

Russia-Ukraine war spilling into Moldova would have 'far-reaching implications for EU and NATO'
# Transnistria
# Transnistria

Russia-Ukraine war spilling into Moldova would have 'far-reaching implications for EU and NATO'

Updated Apr 27th 2022, 9:20 PM 44,493 Views 31 Comments

There has been a series of explosions in recent days and a Russian commander claimed Russian speakers in Moldova are being oppressed.

# explainer - Thursday 14 April, 2022

The Explainer: How are war crimes investigated and prosecuted?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: How are war crimes investigated and prosecuted?

Apr 14th 2022, 6:00 PM 3,682 Views 0 Comments

Listen to expert Professor Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway explain.

# explainer - Tuesday 12 April, 2022

Explainer: How could it be determined that Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine?
# Mariupol
# Mariupol

Explainer: How could it be determined that Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine?

Apr 12th 2022, 6:30 PM 7,286 Views 2 Comments

There are unconfirmed reports that chemical weapons were used in the city of Mariupol.

# explainer - Thursday 31 March, 2022

The Explainer: What does the census do?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What does the census do?

Mar 31st 2022, 11:00 AM 5,328 Views 7 Comments

Listen in to hear how the census works, and why it’s important.

# explainer - Tuesday 29 March, 2022

The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work
# Explainer
# Explainer

The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work

Mar 29th 2022, 6:29 PM 18,407 Views 15 Comments

The auto-enrolment pension scheme is set to come into effect in early 2024.

Explainer: What changes are being made to the Leaving Certificate?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What changes are being made to the Leaving Certificate?

Mar 29th 2022, 3:38 PM 12,201 Views 4 Comments

Major reforms to the Leaving Cert are to be brought in beginning in 2023.

# explainer - Thursday 10 March, 2022

The world of the mega-rich oligarchs and how it's being exploded by Putin
# From Russia With Cash
# From Russia With Cash

The world of the mega-rich oligarchs and how it's being exploded by Putin

Updated Mar 10th 2022, 4:28 PM 108,759 Views 70 Comments

Their assets are being seized but how did they come to be in the first place?

Roman Abramovich sanctioned: What does it mean for Chelsea?
# Explainer
From The42
# Explainer

Roman Abramovich sanctioned: What does it mean for Chelsea?

Mar 10th 2022, 10:55 AM 6,458 Views 10 Comments

The sale of the club is now in serious doubt, and while they can continue to play games, they cannot sell match tickets.

# explainer - Wednesday 9 March, 2022

Why did the US reject Poland's offer of Soviet-era fighter jets?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Why did the US reject Poland's offer of Soviet-era fighter jets?

Mar 9th 2022, 5:40 PM 28,053 Views 24 Comments

Security analyst Dr Tom Clonan said the West giving Ukraine fighter jets is much more “provocative” than anti-tank missiles.

# explainer - Tuesday 8 March, 2022

The Explainer: What is NATO and what's Ireland's involvement in it?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What is NATO and what's Ireland's involvement in it?

Mar 8th 2022, 6:00 PM 7,319 Views 1 Comment

Listen to hear Andrew Cottey from UCC to explain more.

# explainer - Saturday 5 March, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?
# Silent Treatment
# Silent Treatment

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?

Updated Mar 5th 2022, 10:00 AM 5,264 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about the chaotic state of services through people’s experiences.

What are war crimes - and could Putin face trial for Russia's invasion of Ukraine?
# Investigation
# Investigation

What are war crimes - and could Putin face trial for Russia's invasion of Ukraine?

Updated Mar 5th 2022, 8:22 AM 23,079 Views 35 Comments

An Irish expert believes Putin has committed war crimes but says it will be down to international investigators to make the case.

# explainer - Thursday 3 March, 2022

Explainer: Why has Ireland not yet expelled its Russian ambassador?
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Explainer: Why has Ireland not yet expelled its Russian ambassador?

Mar 3rd 2022, 4:24 PM 17,698 Views 16 Comments

There have been widespread calls to boot out diplomats, but keeping them in place is part of an EU wide approach.

# explainer - Saturday 26 February, 2022

Explainer: How two big new EU laws will try to rein in Big Tech
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: How two big new EU laws will try to rein in Big Tech

Feb 26th 2022, 8:00 PM 17,956 Views 9 Comments

It doesn’t sound like the kind of thing to get pulses racing – but two new laws will change a lot about our digital lives.

# explainer - Friday 25 February, 2022

Here are the main points to know as Russian forces continue their assault on Ukraine
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Here are the main points to know as Russian forces continue their assault on Ukraine

Updated Feb 25th 2022, 8:38 PM 76,632 Views 50 Comments
  • Asset freezes have been placed on both Putin and Lavrov.
  • More than 130 people died in Ukraine in the first day of Russia's invasion.
  • There have been over 18,000 assault rifles issued to Ukrainian volunteers.

# explainer - Thursday 24 February, 2022

Russian invasion of Ukraine: Here are the main points to know
# Explainer
# Explainer

Russian invasion of Ukraine: Here are the main points to know

Feb 24th 2022, 9:34 PM 171,732 Views 131 Comments
  • Russian troops have captured the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant this evening after a battle with Ukraine's defence
  • Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs is urging Irish citizens in Ukraine to shelter in place or leave the country if they can safely
  • US President Joe Biden has announced further sanctions against Russia.
The Explainer: Why did Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why did Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine?

Feb 24th 2022, 6:00 PM 10,747 Views 2 Comments

In the early hours of the morning, Ukraine was invaded by Russia. Listen to our latest episode to hear about why.

# explainer - Monday 21 February, 2022

What does Russia's recognition of two eastern Ukrainian territories mean?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What does Russia's recognition of two eastern Ukrainian territories mean?

Feb 21st 2022, 10:29 PM 38,614 Views 22 Comments

Vladimir Putin this evening recognised the independence of the two regions.

# explainer - Tuesday 15 February, 2022

Explainer: Was the USC meant to be a temporary measure?
# Universal Social Charge
# Universal Social Charge

Explainer: Was the USC meant to be a temporary measure?

Feb 15th 2022, 2:44 PM 24,120 Views 47 Comments

Some politicians’ stances on the tax have changed over the years.

# explainer - Friday 11 February, 2022

The Explainer: What’s driving the rising prices in Ireland?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What’s driving the rising prices in Ireland?

Feb 11th 2022, 6:00 PM 4,790 Views 0 Comments

Listen in to hear what it has to do with inflation – and what inflation is – on this week’s podcast.

# explainer - Wednesday 9 February, 2022

Why have petrol and diesel prices increased so much recently?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Why have petrol and diesel prices increased so much recently?

Feb 9th 2022, 8:00 PM 62,009 Views 59 Comments

With pump prices spiking dramatically and oil climbing towards $100 a barrel, the government’s car fuel tax take is facing criticism.

# explainer - Saturday 5 February, 2022

'An economic implosion': Afghanistan's hunger crisis explained
# Explainer
# Explainer

'An economic implosion': Afghanistan's hunger crisis explained

Feb 5th 2022, 9:45 AM 12,434 Views 9 Comments

Some 55% of the Afghan population is now suffering from hunger, according to the United Nations.

# explainer - Thursday 3 February, 2022

What happens to Stormont now that Paul Givan has resigned as First Minister?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What happens to Stormont now that Paul Givan has resigned as First Minister?

Feb 3rd 2022, 8:30 PM 20,844 Views 15 Comments

The resignation comes amid a festering row over the Northern Ireland Protocol and with elections looming.

# explainer - Tuesday 1 February, 2022

Opinion: Putin's obsession with making Russia great again is driving his approach to Ukraine
# Russian Strongman
# Russian Strongman

Opinion: Putin's obsession with making Russia great again is driving his approach to Ukraine

Feb 1st 2022, 7:00 PM 21,863 Views 19 Comments

Journalist Hannah McCarthy explains the thinking of Russian President Vladimir Putin as his military builds along the border with Ukraine.

# explainer - Wednesday 19 January, 2022

Explainer: What's the latest with Russia-Ukraine tensions and is an invasion likely?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What's the latest with Russia-Ukraine tensions and is an invasion likely?

Jan 19th 2022, 3:01 PM 16,477 Views 43 Comments
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Ukraine today ahead of talks with Russia on Friday.
  • Moscow has been accused of massing tens of thousands of troops near its border with Ukraine in preparation for an invasion.
  • The conflict in eastern Ukraine has so far left more than 13,000 dead.

# explainer - Thursday 13 January, 2022

The Explainer: What led to violent unrest in Kazakhstan?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What led to violent unrest in Kazakhstan?

Jan 13th 2022, 6:00 PM 4,812 Views 1 Comment

Click to listen to our interview with former Kazakhstan resident, and expert in post-Soviet countries, professor Donnacha Ó Beacháin.

Prince Andrew’s civil case: What is alleged to have happened and what happens next?
# Prince Andrew
# Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew’s civil case: What is alleged to have happened and what happens next?

Jan 13th 2022, 1:04 PM 13,139 Views 0 Comments

The motion to dismiss the case against the prince was denied by a US judge yesterday.

Explainer: How will the National Lottery's 'must be won' €19m draw work this Saturday?
# It Could Be You
# It Could Be You

Explainer: How will the National Lottery's 'must be won' €19m draw work this Saturday?

Jan 13th 2022, 12:40 PM 65,408 Views 29 Comments

The current Lotto jackpot has been rolling since Wednesday 9 June 2021.

# explainer - Monday 10 January, 2022

Explainer: What led to the crisis in Kazakhstan and what's happening now?
# Unrest
# Unrest

Explainer: What led to the crisis in Kazakhstan and what's happening now?

Jan 10th 2022, 4:20 PM 11,478 Views 14 Comments
  • The protests began after fuel prices doubled and tapped into wider discontent in the oil-rich Central Asian nation.
  • A harsh clampdown saw a 'shoot to kill' policy implemented and the deployment of Russian troops in Kazakhstan.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs issued advice to Irish citizens in the country.

# explainer - Thursday 6 January, 2022

Q&A: Digital Covid Certs are being updated for boosters - here's what they'll be required for
# Boosted
# Boosted

Q&A: Digital Covid Certs are being updated for boosters - here's what they'll be required for

Jan 6th 2022, 5:00 PM 61,733 Views 76 Comments

If you’re boosted, you’ll soon get a new EU pass.

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