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# explainer - Thursday 8 April, 2021

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

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

Thu 2:54 PM 20,713 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

Thu 8:10 AM 23,560 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 27,836 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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# Explainer

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 21,225 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'?
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# Podcast

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

Mar 25th 2021, 8:00 AM 10,413 Views 19 Comments

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

# explainer - Monday 22 March, 2021

British papers warn of 'vaccine war' as EU-UK stand-off becomes increasingly tense
# At Arm's Length
# At Arm's Length

British papers warn of 'vaccine war' as EU-UK stand-off becomes increasingly tense

Mar 22nd 2021, 9:59 AM 37,081 Views 103 Comments

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has raised the option of an export ban.

# explainer - Wednesday 17 March, 2021

Explainer: What is the Taoiseach's Shared Island Unit up to?
# TGIP
# TGIP

Explainer: What is the Taoiseach's Shared Island Unit up to?

Mar 17th 2021, 8:00 PM 11,246 Views 18 Comments

Cross-border transport, Ulster University’s Magee campus, and an all-island research hub are some of the concrete proposals the Unit are looking at.

# explainer - Monday 15 March, 2021

Explainer: What we know so far about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine pause in Ireland
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: What we know so far about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine pause in Ireland

Mar 15th 2021, 2:45 PM 17,257 Views 27 Comments

The pause followed an alert from Norwegian authorities about four serious blood clotting cases.

# explainer - Sunday 7 March, 2021

Explainer: Here's what we know about Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine
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# Explainer

Explainer: Here's what we know about Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine

Mar 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 56,440 Views 40 Comments

The vaccine is expected to get the green light from the EU regulator on Thursday.

# explainer - Friday 5 March, 2021

Covid Placentitis: what we know about the condition that may have caused four stillbirths in Ireland
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Covid Placentitis: what we know about the condition that may have caused four stillbirths in Ireland

Mar 5th 2021, 4:58 PM 20,746 Views 16 Comments

NPHET reported the possible cases of the condition last night.

# explainer - Sunday 28 February, 2021

Explainer: Here's what to know about the changes to Ireland's vaccination queue
# Shot In The Arm
# Shot In The Arm

Explainer: Here's what to know about the changes to Ireland's vaccination queue

Feb 28th 2021, 12:02 AM 67,983 Views 38 Comments

The changes announced this week related to those with underlying health conditions.

# explainer - Saturday 20 February, 2021

Explainer: What do we know about the Covid-19 strain from Brazil that has arrived in Ireland?
# What Is It?
# What Is It?

Explainer: What do we know about the Covid-19 strain from Brazil that has arrived in Ireland?

Updated Feb 20th 2021, 1:38 PM 44,444 Views 93 Comments

Three cases of the variant from Brazil have been identified in Ireland.

'Drastic action': Could the Facebook block of Australian news become an issue in other countries?
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# Explainer

'Drastic action': Could the Facebook block of Australian news become an issue in other countries?

Feb 20th 2021, 10:30 AM 13,786 Views 59 Comments

A proposed law in Australia would compel internet companies to pay news organisations.

# explainer - Thursday 18 February, 2021

The Explainer: What's the latest with Ireland's vaccine rollout?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the latest with Ireland's vaccine rollout?

Feb 18th 2021, 6:00 PM 12,594 Views 0 Comments

Not sure how many people have had their first vaccination, and how we compare to other countries? Let’s take a look in this week’s episode.

# explainer - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine could get approved in Europe next month - here's everything you need to know
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# Explainer

The Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine could get approved in Europe next month - here's everything you need to know

Feb 17th 2021, 4:02 PM 26,464 Views 13 Comments

The Taoiseach said this one-dose jab will be “a big help” in Ireland’s vaccine rollout.

# explainer - Monday 8 February, 2021

'A bad week for the PSNI': How an arrest at a Belfast massacre memorial has put pressure on policing
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# Sean Graham Bookmakers

'A bad week for the PSNI': How an arrest at a Belfast massacre memorial has put pressure on policing

Feb 8th 2021, 4:45 PM 16,771 Views 15 Comments

Chief Constable Simon Byrne has apologised for the force’s conduct at the memorial.

Explainer: Here's what you need to know ahead of Trump's impeachment trial
# Starting Tomorrow
# Starting Tomorrow

Explainer: Here's what you need to know ahead of Trump's impeachment trial

Feb 8th 2021, 2:43 PM 10,981 Views 16 Comments

The proceedings are scheduled to begin tomorrow, just over a month since the deadly riot at the US Capitol.

# explainer - Thursday 4 February, 2021

Explainer: What's happening with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and older people in Ireland?
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Explainer: What's happening with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and older people in Ireland?

Feb 4th 2021, 12:15 PM 12,997 Views 4 Comments

The jab has been the subject of ongoing controversies in recent weeks.

# explainer - Wednesday 3 February, 2021

Explainer: Why has a row broken out over checks between GB and Northern Ireland?
# Brexit
# Brexit

Explainer: Why has a row broken out over checks between GB and Northern Ireland?

Feb 3rd 2021, 5:14 PM 34,131 Views 39 Comments
  • UK minister Michael Gove has asked the EU for a Northern Ireland transition period until 2023.
  • Simon Coveney conceded that some of the ways the Protocol is being implemented is causing problems.
  • SDLP MLA Colin McGrath said that there is a danger of any problem in Northern Ireland becoming a "green or orange" issue.

# explainer - Monday 1 February, 2021

Explainer: Why has the Myanmar military staged a coup and what happens next?
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# Explainer

Explainer: Why has the Myanmar military staged a coup and what happens next?

Feb 1st 2021, 1:28 PM 17,062 Views 5 Comments

The military today declared it had taken control of the country for one year under a state of emergency.

# explainer - Friday 29 January, 2021

The Explainer: Trump's second impeachment - what happens next, and what does it mean for his future?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: Trump's second impeachment - what happens next, and what does it mean for his future?

Jan 29th 2021, 2:00 PM 21,070 Views 24 Comments

This impeachment hinges on the riot earlier this month in the US Capitol building, as Larry Donnelly explains.

# explainer - Thursday 28 January, 2021

Explainer: What's happening in the row between the EU and AstraZeneca?
# Getting The Jab Done
# Getting The Jab Done

Explainer: What's happening in the row between the EU and AstraZeneca?

Jan 28th 2021, 2:58 PM 27,712 Views 40 Comments

The global competition for Covid-19 vaccines is putting the EU and Britain on a post-Brexit collision course.

# explainer - Monday 18 January, 2021

Why is CervicalCheck using HPV tests instead of testing for all smear abnormalities?
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

Why is CervicalCheck using HPV tests instead of testing for all smear abnormalities?

Jan 18th 2021, 6:40 AM 28,409 Views 2 Comments

TheJournal.ie spoke to Noirin Russell about some of the common questions about the change to the cancer screening programme.

# explainer - Friday 15 January, 2021

Other countries have tried it, so what does the 'right to disconnect' actually mean?
# Work Life Balance
# Work Life Balance

Other countries have tried it, so what does the 'right to disconnect' actually mean?

Jan 15th 2021, 11:42 AM 26,167 Views 24 Comments

A public consultation is currently underway in this country.

# explainer - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

Timeline: Is there time to impeach Trump and could he be banned from running in the future?
# Grip On Power
# Grip On Power

Timeline: Is there time to impeach Trump and could he be banned from running in the future?

Jan 12th 2021, 4:07 PM 26,247 Views 44 Comments

Joe Biden will be inaugurated as his successor next week.

# explainer - Monday 11 January, 2021

Pro-Trump social media app Parler was a breeding ground for extremism - so why has it only been taken offline now?
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# Explainer

Pro-Trump social media app Parler was a breeding ground for extremism - so why has it only been taken offline now?

Jan 11th 2021, 3:47 PM 17,605 Views 58 Comments

At the height of its powers, Parler had 10 million users.

# explainer - Friday 8 January, 2021

Explainer: Here is how today's construction lockdown will impact building projects
# Construction
# Construction

Explainer: Here is how today's construction lockdown will impact building projects

Jan 8th 2021, 5:00 PM 32,823 Views 29 Comments

Despite the lockdown there are a number of construction projects that can continue.

Why is Brexit impacting deliveries to Ireland, and what else is being held up?
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# Explainer

Why is Brexit impacting deliveries to Ireland, and what else is being held up?

Jan 8th 2021, 4:11 PM 42,611 Views 38 Comments

How exactly is Brexit affecting food supply chains and trade routes – and will things settle down soon?

# explainer - Thursday 7 January, 2021

The 25th Amendment: Could Trump be removed from office before Joe Biden's inauguration?
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The 25th Amendment: Could Trump be removed from office before Joe Biden's inauguration?

Jan 7th 2021, 12:50 PM 40,782 Views 33 Comments

Republicans and Democrats have floated the idea of removing Trump from the White House.

# explainer - Thursday 31 December, 2020

Explainer: Ireland takes its seat on the UN Security Council tomorrow - here's what it hopes it can achieve
# Ireland's Turn
# Ireland's Turn

Explainer: Ireland takes its seat on the UN Security Council tomorrow - here's what it hopes it can achieve

Dec 31st 2020, 6:30 AM 9,427 Views 7 Comments

A sense of realism about what can actually be achieved and a focus on diplomacy will help to define Ireland’s latest stint on the UN Security Council.

# explainer - Wednesday 23 December, 2020

FactFind: How has Santa amended his Christmas preparations to cope with the pandemic?
# Elf And Safety
# Elf And Safety

FactFind: How has Santa amended his Christmas preparations to cope with the pandemic?

Dec 23rd 2020, 6:30 AM 10,926 Views 5 Comments

We’re assured not even a pandemic can quench the magic of Christmas.

# explainer - Tuesday 15 December, 2020

Explainer: What we do and don't know about the new coronavirus strain reported in the UK
# New Strain
# New Strain

Explainer: What we do and don't know about the new coronavirus strain reported in the UK

Dec 15th 2020, 1:47 PM 14,793 Views 11 Comments

The new variant has not been detected in Ireland to date.

# explainer - Sunday 13 December, 2020

Timeline: The appearances and disappearances of the mysterious monoliths around the world
# Strange Happenings
# Strange Happenings

Timeline: The appearances and disappearances of the mysterious monoliths around the world

Dec 13th 2020, 9:30 AM 31,795 Views 17 Comments

A number of these tall, shiny, metal structures have popped up in various countries in recent weeks.

# explainer - Saturday 12 December, 2020

Q&A: Answers to reader questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and Ireland's rollout plans
# Questions Answered
# Questions Answered

Q&A: Answers to reader questions about the Covid-19 vaccine and Ireland's rollout plans

Dec 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 47,044 Views 29 Comments
  • We've been putting your questions to the experts and relevant government agencies as part of this new Q&A series.
  • In this first article we're addressing questions concerning people with serious medical conditions, indemnity and cold chain transport - amongst other subjects.

# explainer - Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Explainer: How has a Covid-19 vaccine been approved so quickly in the UK?
# Vaccine
# Vaccine

Explainer: How has a Covid-19 vaccine been approved so quickly in the UK?

Dec 2nd 2020, 8:43 AM 36,050 Views 45 Comments

The UK has formally approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19.

# explainer - Thursday 12 November, 2020

Mutiny in Number 10: What is going on in Boris Johnson's government and why does it matter?
# Cain Ain't Able
# Cain Ain't Able

Mutiny in Number 10: What is going on in Boris Johnson's government and why does it matter?

Nov 12th 2020, 1:00 PM 26,173 Views 9 Comments

The Vote Leave staffer is leaving Downing Street at the end of the year.

The Explainer: Did the polls get it right in the US election?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Did the polls get it right in the US election?

Nov 12th 2020, 6:45 AM 18,540 Views 30 Comments

We chat to polls expert Kevin Cunningham of TU Dublin to find out more.

# explainer - Thursday 5 November, 2020

Explainer: Why are Pennsylvania and North Carolina taking so long to count election votes?
# Paperwork
# Paperwork

Explainer: Why are Pennsylvania and North Carolina taking so long to count election votes?

Nov 5th 2020, 2:04 PM 20,313 Views 1 Comment

Unsurprisingly, Covid-19 has played its part in the delay.

# explainer - Friday 30 October, 2020

Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?
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# Explainer

Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?

Oct 30th 2020, 4:20 PM 23,952 Views 19 Comments

The commission is due to submit its final report today, over five years after it was set up.

# explainer - Tuesday 27 October, 2020

How a four-month lockdown in Melbourne crushed a Covid-19 surge
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How a four-month lockdown in Melbourne crushed a Covid-19 surge

Oct 27th 2020, 1:32 PM 34,352 Views 64 Comments

Strict Covid-19 restrictions have just been lifted in Melbourne.

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