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# Explainer

This week
14th July 2024 - 19th July 2024
Two days on, here's everything we know about the assassination attempt on Donald Trump
What we know so far about the assassination attempt on Donald Trump
Last month
June 2024
Explainer: How gardaí and the Defence Forces interact when a soldier is charged with a crime
Which Tories have been accused of betting on the date of the election?
Aer Lingus pilots will begin work-to-rule next week - here's how it might affect holidaymakers
Members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association confirmed that the planned industrial action will take effect from 26 June and last indefinitely.
The votes have all been cast, but when will we know the results?
Elections: Should you vote the whole way down the ballot paper?
And what exactly is PR-STV? Allow us to explain.
Voters go to the polls on Friday for the local elections - but what exactly do councillors do?
This year
2024
What does the EU do? And what can it legislate and regulate?
Here are all the things that are in the EU’s exclusive remit to legislate and regulate.
Who's running in the European elections and what are the key dates to look out for?
A record number of candidates have declared their status in recent weeks.
Cross border migration row: How did Ireland-UK relations break down over asylum seekers?
And what’s the evidence for Helen McEntee’s claim that 80% of of asylum seekers crossed the border? Here’s what we know.
Why did Scottish First Minister Yousaf resign and what's next for Scottish politics?
Explainer: What does the new loan scheme for home energy upgrades cover and how can I get it?
Why is Labour's deputy leader being called a 'hypocrite' by the Tories?
MEPs will vote today on the EU Migration Pact: Here's what it means (in a five-minute summary)
Camped out in the Dáil canteen, Harris prepped to woo 'kingmaker' Independents
Meetings between Independent TDs and Simon Harris have been underway over the last two days.
Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming European elections
Between the four days of 6-9 June voters across the EU will go to the polls to elect a new parliament.
Confused about the Hate Crime bill? Here's a rundown of what it's all about
The bill has attracted considerable controversy in recent weeks.
'Sausage making': What is an MEP and what do they do?
What exactly is an MEP? What do they do? And how does the job compare to being a TD, senator or councillor?
Got questions about what MEPs do ahead of the elections in June? Muiris O'Cearbhaill has got you covered.
This explainer details the many elements of the role of an MEP, including voting, negotiating and diplomacy.
The EU is confusing - here's how all its bits work together
Explainer: Best and worst case scenarios as Ireland set to learn Euro 2025 fate
Referendum Q&A: What will you be asked to vote on? And what exactly is a durable relationship?
People will next week be asked to vote on amending sections of the Constitution related to the family and the provision of care.
The votes, dubbed the Family Amendment and the Care Amendment, will take place next Friday
The Constitution currently only recognises families based on marriage and refers to a woman's place 'in the home'
Not up to speed on what the referendums are about? We've got you covered
How Siún Ni Raghallaigh was left with no choice but to quit after another chaotic week for RTÉ
Here’s an explainer of the events that led up to Ní Raghallaigh’s resignation in the early hours of the morning – and the fallout.
How has Belfast's overgrown Casement Park become the latest pitch battle around cross-border funding?
Many unionists say they would prefer no Euro 2028 games to be hosted in Northern Ireland if Casement is the venue of choice.
Can committees compel Dee Forbes to appear before them? TDs say they're considering it
The story of €450k: What we know about Breda O'Keeffe's RTÉ exit package
Here's how to register to vote (or update your information) ahead of next month's referendums
Measles: What you need to know about the disease, vaccines and who is at risk
A man in Leinster died after contracting the disease amid fears of an outbreak here.
Explainer: How does Northern Ireland appoint ministers - and who might get the jobs?
What does UNRWA do and why are countries pulling their support for the Palestinian aid agency?
Ireland has been among UNRWA’s main defenders since allegations of staff involvement in the 7 October attacks surfaced.
Explainer: Why are farmers in France blocking the motorways?
What is the new deposit-return scheme for bottles and cans and how will it work?
The scheme is being rolled out from Thursday.
Explainer: Who is Nikki Haley - the 'last candidate standing' against Donald Trump in the primaries?
Explainer: Does the Dublin Regulation outline where IP applicants must claim asylum?
Explainer: Why did the US and UK just launch airstrikes in Yemen?
Explainer: 'No deal' in public pay talks, but why are they always so tense?
Unions have been seeking pay to be restored since a €4 billion austerity cut in 2009.
Explainer: What is happening in Ecuador?
Last year
2023
Analysis: Governments managed a COP deal in the end, but there is still so much left to do
How common are tornadoes in Ireland? We get about 10 a year
Loss and damage: The complicated quest to help countries hit hardest by the climate crisis