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# explainer - Sunday 24 May, 2020

Explainer: Everything you've always wanted to know about bonds but were afraid to ask

The National Treasury Management Agency auctioned €1.5 billion of Irish government bonds last week.

# explainer - Friday 15 May, 2020

Phase One explained: Who's going back to work and what other restrictions have changed?

Hardware stores, garden centres, farmers’ markets, bicycle shops and garages are due to open Monday.

# explainer - Thursday 14 May, 2020

Phase One: Who's back to work and can you see your family if the government lifts the Covid-19 lockdown?

Cabinet is set to meet on Friday to discuss whether restrictions can be lifted.

# explainer - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Covid-19 testing: How has Ireland performed and what level do tests need to be at for restrictions to be lifted?

The Government has said that testing is key to gradually return to normal.

# explainer - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Explainer: No, 'Covid-19' doesn't mean there have been 18 other coronaviruses

The name ‘Covid-19′ comes from the outbreak of the virus in December 2019.

Explainer: How does Ireland count Covid-19 deaths compared to other countries?

There have been more than 700 deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Ireland so far.

# explainer - Monday 20 April, 2020

Explainer: Why are people protesting against Covid-19 lockdowns in the US?

At one protest in Colorado, a woman shouted at a healthcare worker ‘You go to work, why can’t I go to work?’

# explainer - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Explainer: Why our positive Covid-19 numbers from Irish labs and those from a German lab are reported separately

Health officials say including the results from a German lab in ‘new cases’ would skew the curve.

# explainer - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

Explainer: The UK doesn't have the equivalent of a tánaiste, so who's in charge right now? Boris Johnson This post contains videos

Explainer: The UK doesn't have the equivalent of a tánaiste, so who's in charge right now?

Dominic Raab is deputising for Boris Johnson, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

# explainer - Friday 3 April, 2020

Explainer: What is a viral load and does it impact on the severity of Covid-19 symptoms?

Concerns were raised on social media in relation to the viral load that would be contracted by healthcare workers.

# explainer - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Explainer: What is happening with Hungary's new Covid-19 laws and why are they so controversial?

A contentious bill was passed by the Hungarian parliament last night.

# explainer - Monday 23 March, 2020

Coronavirus: How long can Covid-19 survive on plastic, metal and other surfaces?

Studies suggest that the virus can live for days outside the body, depending on the surface.

# explainer - Tuesday 17 March, 2020

From The42 After the Euros' postponement, what happens now to the McCarthy-Kenny succession plan? Explainer This post contains a poll

After the Euros' postponement, what happens now to the McCarthy-Kenny succession plan?

The current Ireland manager’s contract is due to expire this July.

# explainer - Thursday 12 March, 2020

The Chief Medical Officer on why the government is taking 'unprecedented' coronavirus measures now

Health Minister Simon Harris said that it was based on crucial advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team last night.

# explainer - Wednesday 11 March, 2020

'Economic shock' of Covid-19: Some central banks cut interest rates as Lagarde raises spectre of 2008

The economic effects of coronavirus can be mitigated “if we handle it well,” according to the Bank of England.

# explainer - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

The Explainer: What Super Tuesday and the latest US primaries could mean for Trump

Wondering what Super Tuesday is, and what happened with it last night? We have all the answers.

# explainer - Monday 9 March, 2020

Explainer: What’s going on between Turkey and Greece and the EU?

Talks on the migrant crisis are being held today – here’s the background to the situation.

# explainer - Friday 6 March, 2020

Who are the WHO? What does 'community transmission' mean? - A Covid-19 glossary of terms

We’re hearing lots about pandemics, contact tracing and community transmission. Let’s break it all down.

# explainer - Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Q & A: What do you want to know about Covid-19 and Ireland's response to it?

Have a question you’d like us to put to an expert? Send it our way.

Yes, it's safe to receive a package from China. No, there are no media blackouts: Exploding myths about Covid-19

There are a few common misconceptions around the coronavirus. Here, we take some of them head on.

# explainer - Monday 2 March, 2020

Explainer: Why health officials aren't naming the Glasnevin school at the centre of the Covid-19 outbreak

Health chiefs have come in for criticism online for the decision – here’s the thinking behind it.

# explainer - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Explainer: Here's what we know so far about how Covid-19 is spreading

Where did the new coronavirus Covid-19 come from, and what does it want?

# explainer - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Travel advice: Can I cancel my trip to Italy over coronavirus (and will I get a refund)?

The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising against travel to certain areas of Italy – these are your options if you have a trip booked.

Coronavirus: How likely is it to come to Ireland? And can the health service cope with an outbreak?

The State has a “mitigation” strategy ready to roll out if the “containment” strategy fails.

# explainer - Monday 24 February, 2020

Explainer: What happened with the Graham Dwyer data retention case in the Supreme Court?

Dwyer was convicted of the murder of Elaine O’Hara in 2015.

# explainer - Friday 7 February, 2020

From The42 2 weeks before the season starts, the League of Ireland's First Division remains mired in uncertainty Explainer

2 weeks before the season starts, the League of Ireland's First Division remains mired in uncertainty

Two fixture lists have been released with question marks over the participation of Limerick and Shamrock Rovers II.

# explainer - Thursday 6 February, 2020

Explainer: What is the Special Criminal Court and what is Sinn Féin's stance on it?

The court was set up after the IRA launched a bombing camapign in Britain on the eve of World War II and experts say it has become “normalised”.

# explainer - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

What are the Iowa caucuses and why do they matter?

Democrats in the US are choosing their election candidate to take on Trump.

# explainer - Monday 3 February, 2020

WIN: Tickets for our first live recording of The Explainer podcast

We’ll be asking the question: How does Ireland end up with the politicians it has?

# explainer - Saturday 25 January, 2020

Frantic tweeting and 'high crimes': Here's what you need to know from the first week of Trump's impeachment trial

Democrats have an uphill battle to convince Republicans, and week one of the impeachment trial was a partisan affair.

# explainer - Friday 24 January, 2020

The Explainer: How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?

The shocking murder of Keane Mulready-Woods added another layer to the ongoing Drogheda feud. We take a look at what has been going on, on this week’s podcast.

# explainer - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

The State pension 'mess': Can we afford to roll back on the pension age?

Finance expert Dr James Stewart told that pensions age issue had become “a bit of a mess”.

# explainer - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

A 'least worst' and 'carefully calculated' tactic: Why Iran chose to carry out this morning's strikes on bases housing US troops

Trump has said that new economic sanctions will be imposed on Iran after the strike this morning.

# explainer - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

Explainer: Who were the RIC?

The Government’s controversial commemoration had been the subject of much criticism this week.

# explainer - Monday 23 December, 2019

Explainer: How does Santa get all the toys made in time for Christmas?

Just how does he do it? It takes an awful lot of hard work.

# explainer - Thursday 19 December, 2019

Donald Trump has been impeached, what happens next?

The process now moves to the Senate but exactly when is not clear.

# explainer - Sunday 15 December, 2019

Explainer: What happened with the White island volcanic eruption?

The disaster was not entirely unexpected.

# explainer - Thursday 12 December, 2019

Investigation into how top prizes were not included in some National Lottery games being considered

Here’s what you need to know about top prizes not being included in some National Lottery games

# explainer - Saturday 7 December, 2019

What comes next in the Trump impeachment inquiry?

Trump is likely to face at least three articles of impeachment.

# explainer - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

Explainer: Why are farmers protesting outside Leinster House this week?

A deal was brokered and a task force established – so why are there still protests?

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