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# explainer - Monday 20 April, 2020

Explainer: Why are people protesting against Covid-19 lockdowns in the US?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: Why are people protesting against Covid-19 lockdowns in the US?

Apr 20th 2020, 3:11 PM 33,372 Views 75 Comments

At one protest in Colorado, a woman shouted at a healthcare worker ‘You go to work, why can’t I go to work?’

# explainer - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

Explainer: Why our positive Covid-19 numbers from Irish labs and those from a German lab are reported separately
# BACKLOG
# BACKLOG

Explainer: Why our positive Covid-19 numbers from Irish labs and those from a German lab are reported separately

Apr 14th 2020, 9:50 PM 47,200 Views 33 Comments

Health officials say including the results from a German lab in ‘new cases’ would skew the curve.

# explainer - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

Explainer: The UK doesn't have the equivalent of a tánaiste, so who's in charge right now?
# Boris Johnson
# Boris Johnson

Explainer: The UK doesn't have the equivalent of a tánaiste, so who's in charge right now?

Updated Apr 7th 2020, 4:07 PM 22,980 Views 37 Comments

Dominic Raab is deputising for Boris Johnson, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

# explainer - Friday 3 April, 2020

Explainer: What is a viral load and does it impact on the severity of Covid-19 symptoms?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: What is a viral load and does it impact on the severity of Covid-19 symptoms?

Apr 3rd 2020, 6:15 AM 28,850 Views 16 Comments

Concerns were raised on social media in relation to the viral load that would be contracted by healthcare workers.

# explainer - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Explainer: What is happening with Hungary's new Covid-19 laws and why are they so controversial?
# Rule By Decree
# Rule By Decree

Explainer: What is happening with Hungary's new Covid-19 laws and why are they so controversial?

Mar 31st 2020, 2:34 PM 75,686 Views 76 Comments

A contentious bill was passed by the Hungarian parliament last night.

# explainer - Monday 23 March, 2020

Coronavirus: How long can Covid-19 survive on plastic, metal and other surfaces?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Coronavirus: How long can Covid-19 survive on plastic, metal and other surfaces?

Mar 23rd 2020, 3:36 PM 108,718 Views 41 Comments

Studies suggest that the virus can live for days outside the body, depending on the surface.

# explainer - Tuesday 17 March, 2020

After the Euros' postponement, what happens now to the McCarthy-Kenny succession plan?
# Explainer
From The42
# Explainer

After the Euros' postponement, what happens now to the McCarthy-Kenny succession plan?

Mar 17th 2020, 3:53 PM 6,353 Views 7 Comments

The current Ireland manager’s contract is due to expire this July.

# explainer - Thursday 12 March, 2020

The Chief Medical Officer on why the government is taking 'unprecedented' coronavirus measures now
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

The Chief Medical Officer on why the government is taking 'unprecedented' coronavirus measures now

Mar 12th 2020, 12:32 PM 29,015 Views 46 Comments

Health Minister Simon Harris said that it was based on crucial advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team last night.

# explainer - Wednesday 11 March, 2020

'Economic shock' of Covid-19: Some central banks cut interest rates as Lagarde raises spectre of 2008
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'Economic shock' of Covid-19: Some central banks cut interest rates as Lagarde raises spectre of 2008

Mar 11th 2020, 5:37 PM 22,425 Views 30 Comments

The economic effects of coronavirus can be mitigated “if we handle it well,” according to the Bank of England.

# explainer - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

The Explainer: What Super Tuesday and the latest US primaries could mean for Trump
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What Super Tuesday and the latest US primaries could mean for Trump

Updated Mar 10th 2020, 11:38 AM 15,174 Views 19 Comments

Wondering what Super Tuesday is, and what happened with it last night? We have all the answers.

# explainer - Monday 9 March, 2020

Explainer: What’s going on between Turkey and Greece and the EU?
# Border Problems
# Border Problems

Explainer: What’s going on between Turkey and Greece and the EU?

Mar 9th 2020, 3:59 PM 16,397 Views 12 Comments

Talks on the migrant crisis are being held today – here’s the background to the situation.

# explainer - Friday 6 March, 2020

Who are the WHO? What does 'community transmission' mean? - A Covid-19 glossary of terms
# What's What
# What's What

Who are the WHO? What does 'community transmission' mean? - A Covid-19 glossary of terms

Mar 6th 2020, 6:05 AM 60,033 Views 13 Comments

We’re hearing lots about pandemics, contact tracing and community transmission. Let’s break it all down.

# explainer - Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Q & A: What do you want to know about Covid-19 and Ireland's response to it?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Q & A: What do you want to know about Covid-19 and Ireland's response to it?

Updated Mar 3rd 2020, 2:20 PM 23,767 Views 0 Comments

Have a question you’d like us to put to an expert? Send it our way.

Yes, it's safe to receive a package from China. No, there are no media blackouts: Exploding myths about Covid-19
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Yes, it's safe to receive a package from China. No, there are no media blackouts: Exploding myths about Covid-19

Mar 3rd 2020, 6:00 AM 36,347 Views 17 Comments

There are a few common misconceptions around the coronavirus. Here, we take some of them head on.

# explainer - Monday 2 March, 2020

Explainer: Why health officials aren't naming the Glasnevin school at the centre of the Covid-19 outbreak
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Explainer: Why health officials aren't naming the Glasnevin school at the centre of the Covid-19 outbreak

Mar 2nd 2020, 5:24 PM 43,304 Views 46 Comments

Health chiefs have come in for criticism online for the decision – here’s the thinking behind it.

# explainer - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Explainer: Here's what we know so far about how Covid-19 is spreading
# Global Response
# Global Response

Explainer: Here's what we know so far about how Covid-19 is spreading

Feb 26th 2020, 5:42 PM 45,406 Views 35 Comments

Where did the new coronavirus Covid-19 come from, and what does it want?

# explainer - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Travel advice: Can I cancel my trip to Italy over coronavirus (and will I get a refund)?
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Travel advice: Can I cancel my trip to Italy over coronavirus (and will I get a refund)?

Feb 25th 2020, 4:55 PM 101,064 Views 26 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising against travel to certain areas of Italy – these are your options if you have a trip booked.

Coronavirus: How likely is it to come to Ireland? And can the health service cope with an outbreak?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Coronavirus: How likely is it to come to Ireland? And can the health service cope with an outbreak?

Feb 25th 2020, 6:00 AM 62,639 Views 52 Comments

The State has a “mitigation” strategy ready to roll out if the “containment” strategy fails.

# explainer - Monday 24 February, 2020

Explainer: What happened with the Graham Dwyer data retention case in the Supreme Court?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Explainer: What happened with the Graham Dwyer data retention case in the Supreme Court?

Feb 24th 2020, 5:40 PM 18,796 Views 0 Comments

Dwyer was convicted of the murder of Elaine O’Hara in 2015.

# explainer - Friday 7 February, 2020

2 weeks before the season starts, the League of Ireland's First Division remains mired in uncertainty
# Explainer
From The42
# Explainer

2 weeks before the season starts, the League of Ireland's First Division remains mired in uncertainty

Feb 7th 2020, 10:00 PM 4,138 Views 4 Comments

Two fixture lists have been released with question marks over the participation of Limerick and Shamrock Rovers II.

# explainer - Thursday 6 February, 2020

Explainer: What is the Special Criminal Court and what is Sinn Féin's stance on it?
# Ge2020
# Ge2020

Explainer: What is the Special Criminal Court and what is Sinn Féin's stance on it?

Feb 6th 2020, 12:58 PM 25,530 Views 38 Comments

The court was set up after the IRA launched a bombing camapign in Britain on the eve of World War II and experts say it has become “normalised”.

# explainer - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

What are the Iowa caucuses and why do they matter?
# Uselex2020
# Uselex2020

What are the Iowa caucuses and why do they matter?

Feb 4th 2020, 6:15 AM 9,677 Views 7 Comments

Democrats in the US are choosing their election candidate to take on Trump.

# explainer - Monday 3 February, 2020

WIN: Tickets for our first live recording of The Explainer podcast
# Competition
# Competition

WIN: Tickets for our first live recording of The Explainer podcast

Updated Feb 3rd 2020, 6:00 PM 15,592 Views 6 Comments

We’ll be asking the question: How does Ireland end up with the politicians it has?

# explainer - Saturday 25 January, 2020

Frantic tweeting and 'high crimes': Here's what you need to know from the first week of Trump's impeachment trial
# Trump Impeachment
# Trump Impeachment

Frantic tweeting and 'high crimes': Here's what you need to know from the first week of Trump's impeachment trial

Jan 25th 2020, 10:30 AM 7,715 Views 20 Comments

Democrats have an uphill battle to convince Republicans, and week one of the impeachment trial was a partisan affair.

# explainer - Friday 24 January, 2020

The Explainer: How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?

Jan 24th 2020, 7:00 PM 40,259 Views 11 Comments

The shocking murder of Keane Mulready-Woods added another layer to the ongoing Drogheda feud. We take a look at what has been going on, on this week’s podcast.

# explainer - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

The State pension 'mess': Can we afford to roll back on the pension age?
# When I'm 65
# When I'm 65

The State pension 'mess': Can we afford to roll back on the pension age?

Jan 22nd 2020, 5:05 PM 35,576 Views 104 Comments

Finance expert Dr James Stewart told TheJournal.ie that pensions age issue had become “a bit of a mess”.

# explainer - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

A 'least worst' and 'carefully calculated' tactic: Why Iran chose to carry out this morning's strikes on bases housing US troops
# Iraq
# Iraq

A 'least worst' and 'carefully calculated' tactic: Why Iran chose to carry out this morning's strikes on bases housing US troops

Jan 8th 2020, 6:30 PM 28,252 Views 45 Comments

Trump has said that new economic sanctions will be imposed on Iran after the strike this morning.

# explainer - Tuesday 7 January, 2020

Explainer: Who were the RIC?
# Commemoration
# Commemoration

Explainer: Who were the RIC?

Jan 7th 2020, 8:30 PM 37,900 Views 42 Comments

The Government’s controversial commemoration had been the subject of much criticism this week.

# explainer - Monday 23 December, 2019

Explainer: How does Santa get all the toys made in time for Christmas?
# Christmas Time
# Christmas Time

Explainer: How does Santa get all the toys made in time for Christmas?

Dec 23rd 2019, 6:30 PM 13,038 Views 19 Comments

Just how does he do it? It takes an awful lot of hard work.

# explainer - Thursday 19 December, 2019

Donald Trump has been impeached, what happens next?
# Clinging On
# Clinging On

Donald Trump has been impeached, what happens next?

Dec 19th 2019, 9:49 AM 24,196 Views 66 Comments

The process now moves to the Senate but exactly when is not clear.

# explainer - Sunday 15 December, 2019

Explainer: What happened with the White island volcanic eruption?
# New Zealand
# New Zealand

Explainer: What happened with the White island volcanic eruption?

Dec 15th 2019, 7:45 AM 21,552 Views 1 Comment

The disaster was not entirely unexpected.

# explainer - Thursday 12 December, 2019

Investigation into how top prizes were not included in some National Lottery games being considered
# Explainer
# Explainer

Investigation into how top prizes were not included in some National Lottery games being considered

Updated Dec 12th 2019, 1:03 PM 17,391 Views 20 Comments

Here’s what you need to know about top prizes not being included in some National Lottery games

# explainer - Saturday 7 December, 2019

What comes next in the Trump impeachment inquiry?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What comes next in the Trump impeachment inquiry?

Dec 7th 2019, 7:45 AM 17,699 Views 25 Comments

Trump is likely to face at least three articles of impeachment.

# explainer - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

Explainer: Why are farmers protesting outside Leinster House this week?
# Beef
# Beef

Explainer: Why are farmers protesting outside Leinster House this week?

Nov 27th 2019, 2:51 PM 18,113 Views 4 Comments

A deal was brokered and a task force established – so why are there still protests?

# explainer - Friday 22 November, 2019

The Explainer: What is antibiotic resistance and why should we be concerned about it?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What is antibiotic resistance and why should we be concerned about it?

Nov 22nd 2019, 5:00 PM 9,001 Views 9 Comments

It’s here in Ireland, and we look at why.

# explainer - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Explainer: Why has Prince Andrew stepped aside from public duties?
# Epstein Controversy
# Epstein Controversy

Explainer: Why has Prince Andrew stepped aside from public duties?

Nov 21st 2019, 12:38 PM 18,593 Views 20 Comments

The Duke of York has withdrawn from official royal life for the foreseeable future.

# explainer - Monday 18 November, 2019

It's Johnson V Corbyn in the first leaders' debate as Lib Dems and SNP lose court case
# UK VOTE 19
# UK VOTE 19

It's Johnson V Corbyn in the first leaders' debate as Lib Dems and SNP lose court case

Updated Nov 18th 2019, 5:23 PM 16,853 Views 10 Comments

The debate will take place on ITV at 8pm tommorrow.

# explainer - Friday 15 November, 2019

The Explainer: What's the story with RTÉ's finances at the moment?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the story with RTÉ's finances at the moment?

Nov 15th 2019, 7:00 PM 15,092 Views 34 Comments

We take a look at the issues it has been having with its finances, and what it is planning to do about this.

# explainer - Monday 4 November, 2019

What is the Shannon LNG terminal and why have Cher and Mark Ruffalo called on Leo Varadkar not to back it?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What is the Shannon LNG terminal and why have Cher and Mark Ruffalo called on Leo Varadkar not to back it?

Nov 4th 2019, 12:39 PM 30,464 Views 51 Comments

The project has been the focus of environmental campaigners in recent months.

# explainer - Sunday 3 November, 2019

'Seeing that little body was unbearable': How Europe is responding to the migrant and refugee crisis
# Essex
# Essex

'Seeing that little body was unbearable': How Europe is responding to the migrant and refugee crisis

Nov 3rd 2019, 10:00 PM 20,257 Views 0 Comments

The recent discovery of 39 bodies in a lorry in Essex has put the crisis back under the spotlight.