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#Explainer

# explainer - Sunday 17 March, 2019

# explainer - Thursday 14 March, 2019

Explainer: Why British soldiers won't face charges over the 12 other Bloody Sunday killings PPS

Explainer: Why British soldiers won't face charges over the 12 other Bloody Sunday killings

Only one soldier is being charged in relation to two killings. Here’s why more charges aren’t being brought.

Explainer: Why, almost 50 years on from Bloody Sunday, ex-British soldiers could face murder charges

After years of investigations from the PSNI, soldiers are set to be told today whether they’ll face prosecution.

# explainer - Wednesday 13 March, 2019

Explainer: How can the return of Islamic State members to their home countries work?

The government here has said Lisa Smith, who was married to an Islamic State fighter, can come home.

Explainer: Why are aviation officials grounding the Boeing 737 Max across Europe?

Authorities around the world have grounded the Boeing Max 737 following a crash on Sunday.

# explainer - Tuesday 12 March, 2019

Explainer: What is May's new Brexit deal and what on earth will happen next?

The UK and EU last night announced a joint instrument providing guarantees on the backstop.

# explainer - Saturday 9 March, 2019

Explainer: What on earth is going to happen in Westminster next week?

There could be three crucial votes in the House of Commons from Tuesday onwards, with Brexit only a few weeks away.

Explainer: Here's what scrapping seasonal clock changes will mean

It’s a choice now between brighter evenings or brighter mornings.

# explainer - Monday 4 March, 2019

What are the new 'casual employment' laws that came into force today?

Zero-hour contracts are banned in most circumstances from today.

# explainer - Friday 1 March, 2019

What has this row between Scouting Ireland and Tusla been about?

Child safety expert Ian Elliott said that the organisation is “as safe as it can be and getting safer” – Tusla disagrees.

Explainer: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is facing a political scandal ... what's it all about?

It centres around claims that a former attorney general was inappropriately pressured to prevent a prosecution.

# explainer - Wednesday 27 February, 2019

Explainer: Why are India and Pakistan - both nuclear powers - on the brink of a major confrontation?

The countries have been in a dispute for over 70 years in relation to the Kashmir region.

# explainer - Saturday 23 February, 2019

Explainer: What could Ireland's abortion exclusion zones look like?

The government aims to have draft legislation in place by the summer.

Statelessness: Here's how removing a person's nationality causes problems

People access their human rights through citizenship – without it, people can’t to go to school, get a job, or get married.

# explainer - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

Jussie Smollett's lawyers deny claims that he plotted an attack on himself, so what do we know so far?

Smollett was hospitalised last month and said he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

# explainer - Monday 18 February, 2019

The House of Commons has got a new group (not party), so what will it mean for Brexit votes?

Seven Labour MPs have split from the party.

# explainer - Saturday 16 February, 2019

Why Trump declaring a border wall emergency may prove more of an obstacle for himself

The US president’s wall is far from a sure thing even now.

# explainer - Saturday 9 February, 2019

What's going on with Jeff Bezos, a tabloid magazine, Donald Trump and alleged blackmail?

A heated dispute is ongoing in the US involving some very high profile figures.

The Real Veal: Here's how to tell if your meat is Irish or not

For fresh meats, the rules are clear. For processed meats, not so much.

Costs, changes and controversies: The decades-long saga behind the NCH

The controversy over the costs of the project is just the latest in a series of problems to affect the project

# explainer - Wednesday 6 February, 2019

Leo and Theresa are heading back to Brussels - but is there any hope for talks or is it Groundhog Day (again)?

Can the so-called Malthouse Compromise provide a basis for a breakthrough, or is the latest effort over before it begins?

# explainer - Tuesday 5 February, 2019

Explainer: Has the US been paying attention to Brexit and does the White House care? Special Relationship This post contains videos

Explainer: Has the US been paying attention to Brexit and does the White House care?

Politicians have only recently started talking about it and Trump hasn’t addressed it much.

# explainer - Saturday 2 February, 2019

It's been mentioned all week about Brexit, but what is 'perfidious Albion'?

It’s a phrase that has literally been around for centuries.

What will a no-deal Brexit mean for Ireland?

This seems as a good time as any to talk about this.

# explainer - Wednesday 30 January, 2019

MPs don't want the Irish backstop. Europe won't budge. So now what?

Another vote is promised by 13 February – if the Withdrawal Agreement isn’t approved then, it’s looking like a no-deal Brexit.

# explainer - Tuesday 29 January, 2019

MPs 'Take Back Control': What is the House of Commons voting on today?

The UK government is running out of road, so here are the options that could salvage May’s deal.

# explainer - Thursday 24 January, 2019

Two men are claiming to be president of Venezuela, so what exactly is going on?

The current political crisis has been years in the making.

# explainer - Sunday 20 January, 2019

Explainer: Why are some school secretaries on less money than others?

A campaign has begun this year to try to increase school secretaries’ pay – but is it so varied in the first place?

# explainer - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

Explainer: Who's to blame for the US shutdown and is there an end in sight? Border Wall This post contains videos

Explainer: Who's to blame for the US shutdown and is there an end in sight?

It’s all about money, and a wall.

# explainer - Tuesday 8 January, 2019

Credit unions are to be given more freedom to compete with moneylenders, so what would this mean?

It could mean they can offer small loans to people who otherwise mightn’t get credit.

# explainer - Monday 7 January, 2019

What we know about the Irish citizen captured in Syria allegedly fighting for Islamic State

A US-backed group yesterday said that it had captured an Irish citizen fighting for Islamic State in Syria.

# explainer - Thursday 3 January, 2019

Explainer: Why Brexit could be behind the upsurge in migrants aiming to cross the English Channel

Four in five people who attempted to cross the English Channel in dinghies in 2018 did so in the last three months. But why?

# explainer - Sunday 30 December, 2018

Timeline: The history of abortion in Ireland

Ireland voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May of this year.

# explainer - Wednesday 26 December, 2018

Last week, the US passed a bill to radically reform its criminal justice system - but what will it change?

The bill passed in the Senate last week after it received huge bipartisan support.

# explainer - Thursday 20 December, 2018

From The42 Several of Ireland's top athletes are being prevented from chasing their Olympic dream. Here's why Explainer

Several of Ireland's top athletes are being prevented from chasing their Olympic dream. Here's why

Political in-fighting has divided Irish karate for months now.

# explainer - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Explainer: What is a 'terf' and what's going on with the UK's debate on transgender rights?

Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 is being considered by the government.

# explainer - Friday 14 December, 2018

Explainer: How will the liquidation of Qudos impact Irish customers?

The short answer is, we don’t know yet. But here’s what might happen.

# explainer - Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Win or lose: Here's what could happen after Theresa May's vote of confidence

If May wins the vote, she could still be pushed to resign if a large enough number of MPs vote against her.

# explainer - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

We're in Brexit limbo - so what could possibly happen next?

Theresa May has turned to European leaders today to try to find something that will make the Brexit deal more palatable.

# explainer - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

Why is Theresa May facing accusations of contempt in the House of Commons?

The last time an MP was expelled from parliament for contempt was in 1947 – and that’s an interesting story in itself.

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