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# 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 27,954 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 29,362 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 26,813 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 26,263 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?
# Explainer
# 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 17,679 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 33,196 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?
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Jan 8th 2021, 4:11 PM 44,644 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?
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Jan 7th 2021, 12:50 PM 40,802 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 9,571 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 10,953 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 14,804 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 32,108 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 48,189 Views 30 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 36,163 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 26,261 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 18,567 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 20,324 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?
# Explainer
# 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 24,089 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
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Oct 27th 2020, 1:32 PM 34,510 Views 64 Comments

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
# A Reminder
# A Reminder

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

Oct 22nd 2020, 12:05 AM 75,047 Views 49 Comments

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
# End Sars

Explainer: What is happening in Nigeria?

Oct 21st 2020, 1:32 PM 56,877 Views 8 Comments

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

# explainer - Tuesday 20 October, 2020

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

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

Oct 20th 2020, 11:57 PM 6,101 Views 2 Comments

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?
# Remote Working
# Remote Working

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

Oct 17th 2020, 11:00 AM 50,203 Views 56 Comments

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?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What is the advice under Level 5 restrictions?

Oct 16th 2020, 5:09 PM 70,733 Views 79 Comments

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?
# Covid19
# Covid19

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

Oct 14th 2020, 2:04 PM 14,283 Views 2 Comments

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?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

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

Oct 12th 2020, 7:02 PM 40,364 Views 12 Comments

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?
# Destination Nowhere
# Destination Nowhere

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

Oct 8th 2020, 7:12 PM 74,103 Views 44 Comments

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?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

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

Oct 8th 2020, 3:49 PM 19,010 Views 5 Comments

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?
# Nursing Homes
# Nursing Homes

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

Updated Oct 7th 2020, 10:53 PM 26,277 Views 20 Comments

NPHET raised concerns over outbreaks in nursing homes last weekend.

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

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

Oct 7th 2020, 12:17 PM 38,704 Views 33 Comments

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?
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Explainer: What restrictions are in Level 5?

Oct 5th 2020, 7:59 AM 56,468 Views 92 Comments

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?
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Oct 3rd 2020, 12:05 AM 16,459 Views 7 Comments

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?
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Oct 2nd 2020, 6:49 PM 61,178 Views 29 Comments

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
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Sep 30th 2020, 5:55 PM 28,511 Views 20 Comments

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
# Dying With Dignity
# Dying With Dignity

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

Sep 29th 2020, 12:05 AM 29,433 Views 56 Comments

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?
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Sep 27th 2020, 7:57 AM 47,306 Views 61 Comments

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?
# Pay Increase
# Pay Increase

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

Sep 23rd 2020, 12:49 PM 39,310 Views 59 Comments

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)
# Explainer
# Explainer

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)

Sep 15th 2020, 2:43 PM 53,904 Views 46 Comments

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?
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Sep 7th 2020, 1:48 PM 27,850 Views 49 Comments

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?
# Pub Crawl
# Pub Crawl

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

Sep 5th 2020, 12:05 AM 51,430 Views 60 Comments

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