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# explainer - Thursday 12 November, 2020

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

# explainer - Thursday 22 October, 2020

The Level 5 restrictions have just kicked in - here's what they are

Two households can meet outdoors for things like exercise, funerals allowed up to 25 mourners, and fines for breaching the rules.

# explainer - Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Explainer: What is happening in Nigeria? End Sars This post contains videos

Explainer: What is happening in Nigeria?

Several people have been killed by security forces amid ongoing protests against police brutality.

# explainer - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

From The42 'There is no benefit in rapid testing inter-county players,' as GAA to continue in Level 5 Expert's View This post contains videos

'There is no benefit in rapid testing inter-county players,' as GAA to continue in Level 5

Professor Mary Horgan, who is part of the GAA’s Covid-19 advisory committee, discusses testing, matches in Level 5 and the low risk involved on the field.

# explainer - Saturday 17 October, 2020

The government's telling you to work from home - what if your boss insists you come in?

Yesterday Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the government is looking at giving workers a right to request to work remotely.

# explainer - Friday 16 October, 2020

What is the advice under Level 5 restrictions?

It has changed a bit since the last time NPHET recommended Level 5.

# explainer - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Explainer: What are the new Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland?

The majority of the restrictions will kick in on Friday and will be in place for four weeks.

# explainer - Monday 12 October, 2020

Explainer: What are England's new Covid-19 restrictions, and how do they compare to Ireland?

The new restrictions are expected to become law on Wednesday.

# explainer - Thursday 8 October, 2020

Explainer: There are now zero countries on the Green List - so how did that happen?

The list has had a controversial history and its days are now numbered.

Explainer: What's the thinking behind banning pubs and restaurants in Scotland from serving alcohol indoors?

Pubs, restaurants and cafés in most of Scotland are to be barred from selling alcohol indoors for more than two weeks.

# explainer - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

Explainer: What is the current situation with Covid-19 in nursing homes in Ireland?

NPHET raised concerns over outbreaks in nursing homes last weekend.

QAnon: What is this conspiracy and why has Facebook banned it?

More time on the Internet due to the pandemic, coupled with Facebook’s recommendation algorithms, has added fuel to the QAnon fire.

# explainer - Monday 5 October, 2020

Explainer: What restrictions are in Level 5?

No social gatherings at all, no dine-in bars, but schools and creches stay open.

# explainer - Saturday 3 October, 2020

Explainer: What options do Leaving Cert students have now after the coding error debacle?

At least 6,500 students are believed to be impacted.

# explainer - Friday 2 October, 2020

Explainer: Why has Northern Ireland's daily case record just doubled?

Northern Ireland confirmed a record 934 new Covid-19 cases today.

# explainer - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Explainer: What the Leaving Cert Calculated Grade errors mean for students

Around 6,500 students will now receive higher grades as a result.

# explainer - Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Explainer: Everything you need to know about the assisted dying bill set to come before the Dáil

New legislation could soon see assisted dying legalised in Ireland.

# explainer - Sunday 27 September, 2020

Who exactly is Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and what happens next?

At the age of 48, she would be the youngest justice on the current court if confirmed.

# explainer - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Explainer: Why are politicians getting a 2% pay rise?

Many are angry that TDs and senators will see a pay rise next week.

# explainer - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

We're at Level Two of the new Covid plan. Here's why we want to get to One (and avoid Five at all costs)

The government unveiled its new framework for living with Covid-19 over the next six to nine months today.

# explainer - Monday 7 September, 2020

Why is the UK threatening to roll back on the 'Northern Ireland Protocol' and what does it mean for Brexit trade talks?

EU-UK trade talks are set to start up again tomorrow.

# explainer - Saturday 5 September, 2020

How does Ireland's approach to reopening pubs compare to other countries?

Ireland is the only country in Europe in which pubs that do not serve food are still fully closed.

# explainer - Saturday 29 August, 2020

State of the race: Here's why the electoral college map may be looking good for Joe Biden right now

Trump is on the defensive in the states that won him the presidency in 2016.

# explainer - Thursday 27 August, 2020

Explainer: How a US shooting sparked mass protests and sports teams walking out on matches

Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a police officer in Wisconsin on Sunday.

# explainer - Thursday 20 August, 2020

Explainer: What's the latest advice about Covid-19 symptoms and when should you seek a test?

Hrere’s another look at Ireland’s testing system and how it works.

# explainer - Wednesday 19 August, 2020

A reminder of how the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system works, and the rationale behind it

Here is the thought process behind the Plan C for the Leaving Cert, the appeal process, and where it could all go wrong.

# explainer - Saturday 15 August, 2020

What insight did we get about the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades after the furore in the UK?

There has been concern from the start about ‘standardising’ Leaving Cert grades – this has been somewhat vindicated this week.

# explainer - Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Explainer: What led to Scotland's school results fiasco, and why does it matter to Ireland?

Ireland’s Department of Education said that it was “aware” of Scotland’s exam results being released.

# explainer - Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Explainer: Why protests have erupted in Belarus against Europe's 'last dictator'

Alexander Lukashenko just won another presidential election, although the opposition has said it was rigged.

# explainer - Monday 10 August, 2020

From The42 What impact will GAA shutdown have on Kildare, Laois and Offaly club schedules?

What impact will GAA shutdown have on Kildare, Laois and Offaly club schedules?

Action in the three counties was brought to a halt last Friday.

# explainer - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Explainer: How Beirut explosions came at 'worst time possible' for a country in a 'dire situation'

Prior to the devastating blasts, Lebanon was already dealing with its worst economic recession in decades.

# explainer - Friday 31 July, 2020

Explainer: What was the argument on Dáil speaking time all about?

Before last night, speaking rights were assigned equally during the first round of a debate after Dáil reform in 2016.

# explainer - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work?

The aim is that if a student contracts the virus, then only their pod or classroom would have to be sent home to self-isolate.

# explainer - Saturday 25 July, 2020

From The42 What happens if a GAA club gets shut down mid-championship? Explainer

What happens if a GAA club gets shut down mid-championship?

It’s up to each county board to decide how they handle such a scenario.

# explainer - Wednesday 22 July, 2020

Explainer: What does the new 'green list' mean for foreign travel?

It was a long time coming but there’s still plenty of debate out there.

# explainer - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

The Explainer: How close is a Covid-19 vaccine?

We speak to one of the Oxford researchers working on a vaccine that has seen good results so far.

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