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# 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
# Battleground States
# Battleground States

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

Aug 29th 2020, 9:30 AM 33,557 Views 76 Comments

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
# Jacob Blake

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

Aug 27th 2020, 3:18 PM 15,450 Views 0 Comments

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?
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Aug 20th 2020, 12:05 AM 57,890 Views 33 Comments

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
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Aug 19th 2020, 12:05 AM 22,980 Views 26 Comments

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?
# Explainer
# Explainer

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

Aug 15th 2020, 6:30 AM 21,918 Views 11 Comments

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?
# Scotland
# Scotland

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

Aug 12th 2020, 6:10 AM 20,652 Views 9 Comments

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
# Alexander Lukashenko

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

Aug 11th 2020, 3:59 PM 16,371 Views 43 Comments

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

# explainer - Monday 10 August, 2020

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

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

Aug 10th 2020, 4:46 PM 5,612 Views 2 Comments

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'
# Lebanon
# Lebanon

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

Aug 5th 2020, 5:00 PM 18,296 Views 5 Comments

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?
# Shouting Match
# Shouting Match

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

Jul 31st 2020, 3:23 PM 17,804 Views 37 Comments

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?
# Back To School
# Back To School

How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work?

Jul 28th 2020, 8:24 AM 38,552 Views 55 Comments

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

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

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

Updated Jul 25th 2020, 2:59 PM 32,402 Views 11 Comments

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?
# Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
# Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

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

Jul 22nd 2020, 1:56 PM 32,595 Views 65 Comments

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?
# Podcast
# Podcast

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

Jul 21st 2020, 6:00 PM 22,978 Views 17 Comments

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

The 'green list': How other island-based nations have handled the re-opening of international travel
# Explainer
# Explainer

The 'green list': How other island-based nations have handled the re-opening of international travel

Jul 21st 2020, 5:40 PM 43,356 Views 29 Comments

Some island nations are doing comparatively well in suppressing the virus.

# explainer - Friday 10 July, 2020

Explainer: What we know about Covid-19 and airborne transmission
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: What we know about Covid-19 and airborne transmission

Jul 10th 2020, 1:33 PM 21,469 Views 57 Comments

The WHO has updated its scientific brief on transmission of the coronavirus.

Explainer: The R0 is now 'at or above 1', but what does that mean for Covid-19 in Ireland?
# Nphet
# Nphet

Explainer: The R0 is now 'at or above 1', but what does that mean for Covid-19 in Ireland?

Jul 10th 2020, 11:49 AM 59,594 Views 67 Comments

Acting chief medical officer Dr. Ronan Glynn said that the situation remains stable.

# explainer - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

'A powerful tool': How does the new Covid-19 contact tracing app work?
# Explainer
# Explainer

'A powerful tool': How does the new Covid-19 contact tracing app work?

Jul 7th 2020, 2:04 PM 98,036 Views 149 Comments

The app launched late last night.

# explainer - Saturday 4 July, 2020

Going overseas against travel advice will cost claimants Jobseekers or PUP payments
# Pricey Trip
# Pricey Trip

Going overseas against travel advice will cost claimants Jobseekers or PUP payments

Jul 4th 2020, 6:00 PM 138,077 Views 201 Comments

Claimants would not be able to claim for the duration of their holiday and two weeks afterwards.

# explainer - Thursday 2 July, 2020

Explainer: This is the current official advice on foreign travel
# Essential Info
# Essential Info

Explainer: This is the current official advice on foreign travel

Jul 2nd 2020, 4:22 PM 41,919 Views 47 Comments

The government is advising people to avoid all unnecessary overseas travel.

# explainer - Wednesday 1 July, 2020

Why has Leicester gone back into lockdown - and could the same thing happen in an Irish town?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Why has Leicester gone back into lockdown - and could the same thing happen in an Irish town?

Jul 1st 2020, 6:05 AM 30,273 Views 21 Comments

Leicester has had one in ten of all confirmed cases of Covid-19 in England in the past week.

# explainer - Thursday 25 June, 2020

Explainer: What's the current advice about taking holidays abroad and how would 'air bridges' work?
# Holliers
# Holliers

Explainer: What's the current advice about taking holidays abroad and how would 'air bridges' work?

Jun 25th 2020, 3:00 PM 28,811 Views 32 Comments

Ireland is looking at creating travel corridors with other countries in Europe with similarly low levels of Covid-19, but there’s no certainty as of yet.

Explainer: What happens if the Programme for Government is rejected by one of the three parties?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What happens if the Programme for Government is rejected by one of the three parties?

Jun 25th 2020, 6:15 AM 13,673 Views 29 Comments

Ireland could be facing into a second election if the programme fails to pass through any of the three parties.

# explainer - Saturday 20 June, 2020

A mix of pragmatism and idealism: What Ireland aims to achieve with its UN Security Council seat
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# Explainer

A mix of pragmatism and idealism: What Ireland aims to achieve with its UN Security Council seat

Jun 20th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,266 Views 35 Comments

On Wednesday evening, it was announced that Ireland had won a two-year stint on the UN Security Council.

# explainer - Friday 19 June, 2020

Explainer: What's going on between North and South Korea and why are tensions rising again now?
# Korean Peninsula
# Korean Peninsula

Explainer: What's going on between North and South Korea and why are tensions rising again now?

Jun 19th 2020, 12:42 PM 13,775 Views 6 Comments

Analysts say recent tensions come from North Korea’s desire to have sanctions eased.

# explainer - Thursday 18 June, 2020

Explainer: How will pubs and restaurants work when they reopen on 29 June?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: How will pubs and restaurants work when they reopen on 29 June?

Jun 18th 2020, 10:46 PM 45,036 Views 41 Comments

Pubs and restaurants serving food are expected to reopen in Phase Three

# explainer - Friday 12 June, 2020

Women make up the majority of Covid-19 deaths and confirmed cases in Ireland. Why?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Women make up the majority of Covid-19 deaths and confirmed cases in Ireland. Why?

Jun 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 37,314 Views 46 Comments

“Whether it’s paid or unpaid, it’s women who are predominantly doing care work,” Orla O’Connor of the NWCI said.

# explainer - Wednesday 10 June, 2020

Who killed Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister assassinated in 1986?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Who killed Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister assassinated in 1986?

Jun 10th 2020, 6:10 AM 12,067 Views 4 Comments

Today, we might find out who Swedish prosecutors suspect of the killing.

# explainer - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

Explainer: What exactly is the latest advice on face masks and why you should wear them?
# Guidance
# Guidance

Explainer: What exactly is the latest advice on face masks and why you should wear them?

Jun 9th 2020, 11:28 AM 28,982 Views 83 Comments

Dr Tony Holohan has said “we need to do better” in terms of the general public wearing face masks as recommended.

# explainer - Monday 8 June, 2020

What does shopping look like in a pandemic? Here's what we learnt today
# Phase Two
# Phase Two

What does shopping look like in a pandemic? Here's what we learnt today

Jun 8th 2020, 5:29 PM 45,326 Views 20 Comments

From queuing to face masks, the shopping experience looked very different today.

# explainer - Saturday 6 June, 2020

Explainer: How 'examinership' works in Ireland (including how Saddam Hussein comes into it)
# Economic Downturn
# Economic Downturn

Explainer: How 'examinership' works in Ireland (including how Saddam Hussein comes into it)

Jun 6th 2020, 9:30 AM 20,442 Views 1 Comment

Experts believe the process could provide a lifeline for troubled businesses in the post-pandemic period.

Explainer: Why is a new law in Hong Kong about the Chinese national anthem so controversial?
# Protests
# Protests

Explainer: Why is a new law in Hong Kong about the Chinese national anthem so controversial?

Jun 6th 2020, 7:45 AM 15,505 Views 27 Comments

The law was approved by Hong Kong legislators on Thursday.

Q&A: How the extended pandemic payment schemes will work
# Explainer
# Explainer

Q&A: How the extended pandemic payment schemes will work

Jun 6th 2020, 12:05 AM 40,971 Views 20 Comments

The schemes will last throughout the summer into August. Here’s what it all means.

# explainer - Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Explainer: The 213-year-old law Trump may invoke to deploy military troops in US states
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# Explainer

Explainer: The 213-year-old law Trump may invoke to deploy military troops in US states

Jun 2nd 2020, 2:20 PM 24,524 Views 96 Comments

The US President said he will “solve the problem” for governors if they do not “dominate the streets”.

# explainer - Sunday 24 May, 2020

Explainer: Everything you've always wanted to know about bonds but were afraid to ask
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: Everything you've always wanted to know about bonds but were afraid to ask

May 24th 2020, 11:00 AM 22,621 Views 13 Comments

The National Treasury Management Agency auctioned €1.5 billion of Irish government bonds last week.

# explainer - Friday 15 May, 2020

Phase One explained: Who's going back to work and what other restrictions have changed?
# Questions Answered
# Questions Answered

Phase One explained: Who's going back to work and what other restrictions have changed?

May 15th 2020, 11:59 PM 61,851 Views 58 Comments

Hardware stores, garden centres, farmers’ markets, bicycle shops and garages are due to open Monday.

# explainer - Thursday 14 May, 2020

Phase One: Who's back to work and can you see your family if the government lifts the Covid-19 lockdown?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Phase One: Who's back to work and can you see your family if the government lifts the Covid-19 lockdown?

May 14th 2020, 12:21 PM 79,665 Views 39 Comments

Cabinet is set to meet on Friday to discuss whether restrictions can be lifted.

# explainer - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Covid-19 testing: How has Ireland performed and what level do tests need to be at for restrictions to be lifted?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Covid-19 testing: How has Ireland performed and what level do tests need to be at for restrictions to be lifted?

Apr 29th 2020, 10:01 PM 38,725 Views 42 Comments

The Government has said that testing is key to gradually return to normal.

# explainer - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Explainer: No, 'Covid-19' doesn't mean there have been 18 other coronaviruses
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: No, 'Covid-19' doesn't mean there have been 18 other coronaviruses

Apr 22nd 2020, 9:40 PM 41,662 Views 56 Comments

The name ‘Covid-19′ comes from the outbreak of the virus in December 2019.

Explainer: How does Ireland count Covid-19 deaths compared to other countries?
# It's All Relative
# It's All Relative

Explainer: How does Ireland count Covid-19 deaths compared to other countries?

Apr 22nd 2020, 4:38 PM 49,353 Views 40 Comments

There have been more than 700 deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Ireland so far.