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# explainer - Wednesday 7 July, 2021

The Explainer: What is the mica scandal and how has it affected homeowners?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What is the mica scandal and how has it affected homeowners?

Jul 7th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,861 Views 0 Comments

This week, we talk you through how the mica scandal unfolded, and what it tells us about housing in Ireland.

# explainer - Monday 5 July, 2021

'The gates of hell opening up': What caused the massive Gulf of Mexico fire?
# Lord Of The Rings
# Lord Of The Rings

'The gates of hell opening up': What caused the massive Gulf of Mexico fire?

Jul 5th 2021, 1:13 PM 35,848 Views 29 Comments

Footage of the inferno went viral over the weekend.

# explainer - Friday 2 July, 2021

The Explainer: What is going on with the National Maternity Hospital?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What is going on with the National Maternity Hospital?

Jul 2nd 2021, 6:00 PM 4,652 Views 0 Comments

Reporter Gráinne Ní Aodha talks us through what you need to know.

# explainer - Thursday 17 June, 2021

The Explainer: What's all this about a Brexit sausage war?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: What's all this about a Brexit sausage war?

Jun 17th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,511 Views 3 Comments

Yes, a Brexit sausage row. Let us break it down for you with the help of Gráinne Ní Aodha and Dominic McGrath of BBC Radio Foyle.

Explainer: How does Hungary's new law affect LGBT+ rights?
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# Human Rights

Explainer: How does Hungary's new law affect LGBT+ rights?

Jun 17th 2021, 4:34 PM 11,140 Views 45 Comments

Hungary has passed a bill that bans sharing content that “promotes” being gay to children and teenagers.

# explainer - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

The Mica controversy explained: Here's why thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to protest today
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# Explainer

The Mica controversy explained: Here's why thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to protest today

Jun 15th 2021, 4:07 PM 56,955 Views 33 Comments

Homeowners are protesting in Dublin’s city centre today.

# explainer - Thursday 10 June, 2021

Explainer: Why has a controversy blown up around political party members posing as pollsters?
# Controversy
# Controversy

Explainer: Why has a controversy blown up around political party members posing as pollsters?

Updated Jun 10th 2021, 3:10 PM 12,330 Views 48 Comments
  • It was reported yesterday that Sinn Féin party members had pretended to be pollsters carrying fake marketing research company IDs.
  • SF TD Eoin Ó Broin described the practice as "widespread and common".
  • Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party have also engaged in similar polling in the past.

# explainer - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Explainer: Some of the world's best known websites went down today - why?
# Off And Back On
# Off And Back On

Explainer: Some of the world's best known websites went down today - why?

Jun 8th 2021, 4:46 PM 16,865 Views 4 Comments

The Irish Times, Amazon, Gov.UK and other major sites weren’t available earlier today – here’s what happened.

# explainer - Friday 28 May, 2021

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends
# Renting
# Renting

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends

Updated May 28th 2021, 2:07 PM 85,700 Views 115 Comments
  • Measures that provided for a rent freeze for those in financial trouble were implemented during the pandemic.
  • In Rent Pressure Zones, the maximum rent increase permitted is 4% per annum.
  • Where a landlord carries out a rent review for the first time in two years in an RPZ, a total increase of 8% increase can apply.

# explainer - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Explainer: How does a garda media blackout work in the age of social media?
# Media Blackout
# Media Blackout

Explainer: How does a garda media blackout work in the age of social media?

May 26th 2021, 9:00 PM 36,538 Views 22 Comments

Gardaí requested a media blackout during the Blanchardstown siege on Tuesday night but social media companies did not comply.

# explainer - Monday 24 May, 2021

What's happened in Belarus since last year's protests against president Alexander Lukashenko?
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# Explainer

What's happened in Belarus since last year's protests against president Alexander Lukashenko?

May 24th 2021, 12:54 PM 12,627 Views 4 Comments

Yesterday’s incident was the latest in a series of crackdowns against the country’s opposition.

# explainer - Tuesday 18 May, 2021

Explainer: How is Ireland's response to the threat of global cyber crime coordinated?
# Cyber Response
# Cyber Response

Explainer: How is Ireland's response to the threat of global cyber crime coordinated?

May 18th 2021, 5:30 PM 8,649 Views 5 Comments

The fight back against the HSE cyber attack is a multi agency operation.

# explainer - Thursday 13 May, 2021

The Explainer: What's the story with rapid Covid-19 tests?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the story with rapid Covid-19 tests?

May 13th 2021, 7:00 PM 9,590 Views 9 Comments

On this week’s podcast, we explain more – and producer Nicky Ryan takes an antigen test during recording.

# explainer - Friday 7 May, 2021

The Explainer: Has Covid changed the way we work?
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# Podcast

The Explainer: Has Covid changed the way we work?

May 7th 2021, 8:04 PM 5,299 Views 2 Comments

On this week’s podcast episode, we look at how working from home might work in a post-Covid world.

# explainer - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Explainer: How will the Government's Affordable Home Shared Equity Scheme work?
# Affordable Housing Bill
# Affordable Housing Bill

Explainer: How will the Government's Affordable Home Shared Equity Scheme work?

May 5th 2021, 5:26 PM 25,166 Views 17 Comments

Generation Rent need a leg up onto the property ladder and the Government say they have the solution, but will it work?

Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook today - here's what you need to know
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# Explainer

Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook today - here's what you need to know

May 5th 2021, 6:10 AM 11,309 Views 0 Comments

The Facebook Oversight Board will rule on Trump’s ongoing ban this afternoon.

# explainer - Wednesday 28 April, 2021

Leaks, refurbs and lockdown outbursts: Why is pressure mounting on Boris Johnson?
# Under Pressure
# Under Pressure

Leaks, refurbs and lockdown outbursts: Why is pressure mounting on Boris Johnson?

Apr 28th 2021, 6:00 PM 15,272 Views 10 Comments

Johnson’s refurbishment of his Downing Street flat is to be investigated by the Electoral Commission.

# explainer - Thursday 22 April, 2021

Explainer: Why is India shattering global coronavirus infection records?
# Global Record
# Global Record

Explainer: Why is India shattering global coronavirus infection records?

Apr 22nd 2021, 6:13 PM 33,692 Views 22 Comments

The country has confirmed 15.9 million cases of infection, the second highest after the United States, and 184,657 deaths.

# explainer - Wednesday 21 April, 2021

The Explainer: Why did everyone hit the roof over plans for a football Super League?
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# Explainer

The Explainer: Why did everyone hit the roof over plans for a football Super League?

Apr 21st 2021, 5:30 PM 10,140 Views 10 Comments

Don’t worry if you don’t have a clue – this week’s podcast will explain.

# explainer - Thursday 8 April, 2021

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

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

Apr 8th 2021, 2:54 PM 21,444 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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# Explainer

Loyalist anger at post-Brexit trade rules among factors in Northern Ireland disorder

Apr 8th 2021, 8:10 AM 23,799 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 29,716 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 21,348 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'?
# Podcast
# Podcast

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

Mar 25th 2021, 8:00 AM 10,440 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 37,179 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 12,050 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 17,353 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: Here's what we know about Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine

Mar 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 57,154 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 24,314 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 69,550 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 44,504 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 13,817 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 12,606 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 26,581 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 16,898 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 11,021 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 13,471 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 34,609 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 17,086 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 21,141 Views 24 Comments

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