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# explainer - Sunday 17 October, 2021

Explainer: What is the Fuel Allowance and who can qualify for it?
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# Fuel Allowance

Explainer: What is the Fuel Allowance and who can qualify for it?

Oct 17th 2021, 6:30 AM 31,990 Views 7 Comments

It was announced in the Budget this week that the Fuel Allowance would increase by €5 per week.

# explainer - Saturday 9 October, 2021

A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments
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A useful guide to Ireland's planning system and how to have your say on proposed developments

Oct 9th 2021, 7:00 PM 13,576 Views 11 Comments

News of two developments brought the system into focus again this week.

# explainer - Tuesday 5 October, 2021

The Local Property Tax system is changing - but what will that mean for your annual bill?
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# Explainer

The Local Property Tax system is changing - but what will that mean for your annual bill?

Oct 5th 2021, 8:30 PM 73,144 Views 76 Comments

Over a third of people can expect to see an increase.

Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?
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# Explainer

Explainer: Why did Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down yesterday?

Oct 5th 2021, 12:33 PM 36,966 Views 25 Comments

The platforms were down for around six hours yesterday.

# explainer - Friday 1 October, 2021

The Explainer: What does 'missing white woman syndrome' tell us about media coverage of missing people?
# The Explainer
# The Explainer

The Explainer: What does 'missing white woman syndrome' tell us about media coverage of missing people?

Oct 1st 2021, 6:00 PM 5,816 Views 0 Comments

On this week’s podcast we look at the discussions around the deaths of Sarah Everard, Gabby Petito and Sabina Nessa, and the issues about the media coverage of them raised on social media.

# explainer - Monday 27 September, 2021

The Explainer: Why are there fears about Ireland facing power shortages this winter?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why are there fears about Ireland facing power shortages this winter?

Sep 27th 2021, 9:50 AM 10,576 Views 11 Comments

In this week’s podcast, we look at what’s behind these fears, and how the supply of electricity works.

# explainer - Saturday 18 September, 2021

Ivermectin is not a proven treatment for Covid - so what's behind the demand in Ireland?
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# Explainer

Ivermectin is not a proven treatment for Covid - so what's behind the demand in Ireland?

Sep 18th 2021, 9:30 AM 25,336 Views 0 Comments

Health authorities across the world have warned of potentially serious side effects associated with improper use.

# explainer - Monday 13 September, 2021

Explainer: What is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme?
# EUSPA
# EUSPA

Explainer: What is the European Union Agency for the Space Programme?

Sep 13th 2021, 7:00 PM 5,250 Views 3 Comments

EUSPA was officially launched this year as part of the EU’s €14.8 billion space programme.

# explainer - Friday 10 September, 2021

What's going on with the government's Sláintecare plan for the health service?
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# Explainer

What's going on with the government's Sláintecare plan for the health service?

Sep 10th 2021, 8:00 PM 12,411 Views 15 Comments

The office in charge of the reforms saw two key departures this week.

# explainer - Sunday 5 September, 2021

How much do we know about the Mu strain of Covid-19, the WHO's latest 'variant of interest'?
# Mu Variant
# Mu Variant

How much do we know about the Mu strain of Covid-19, the WHO's latest 'variant of interest'?

Sep 5th 2021, 7:00 AM 43,829 Views 28 Comments

Four cases of this variant have been identified so far in Ireland, according to latest figures.

# explainer - Thursday 26 August, 2021

The Explainer: What's the future for women in Afghanistan?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What's the future for women in Afghanistan?

Aug 26th 2021, 7:30 PM 4,289 Views 0 Comments

This week’s guest is Heather Barr from Human Rights Watch.

# explainer - Monday 16 August, 2021

The Taliban are returning to power in Afghanistan after two decades - but who are they?
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# Explainer

The Taliban are returning to power in Afghanistan after two decades - but who are they?

Aug 16th 2021, 2:59 PM 31,925 Views 31 Comments

The last time the Taliban had control over the country, women and girls were mostly denied education or employment.

# explainer - Sunday 15 August, 2021

Explainer: Here's why a limited number of Covid-19 cases in vaccinated people is to be expected
# Breakthrough Cases
# Breakthrough Cases

Explainer: Here's why a limited number of Covid-19 cases in vaccinated people is to be expected

Aug 15th 2021, 6:30 AM 100,647 Views 70 Comments

The vaccines aren’t 100% effective, but they are a significant barrier against severe illness from Covid-19.

# explainer - Tuesday 10 August, 2021

Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the Ebola-like Marburg virus
# Disease
# Disease

Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the Ebola-like Marburg virus

Aug 10th 2021, 7:45 PM 36,492 Views 14 Comments

Guinea has recorded its first known case of the disease.

# explainer - Saturday 31 July, 2021

The Explainer: What has sparked rare protests in Cuba?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What has sparked rare protests in Cuba?

Jul 31st 2021, 8:45 AM 8,645 Views 11 Comments

Ruaridh Nicoll, a journalist based in Havana, joins us for this week’s episode.

# explainer - Thursday 29 July, 2021

Explainer: Why you may have a second dose vaccine appointment sooner than recommended
# Double Jabbed
# Double Jabbed

Explainer: Why you may have a second dose vaccine appointment sooner than recommended

Jul 29th 2021, 8:01 PM 51,698 Views 19 Comments

The HSE says that a 17 day gap for Pfizer is “safe and effective”.

# explainer - Monday 26 July, 2021

Here is the current guidance on vaccinating children against Covid-19
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# Explainer

Here is the current guidance on vaccinating children against Covid-19

Jul 26th 2021, 6:00 PM 30,329 Views 14 Comments

Niac is expected to issue guidance to the Government and HSE this week.

# explainer - Thursday 22 July, 2021

The Explainer: Why does the British government want to stop Troubles prosecutions?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Why does the British government want to stop Troubles prosecutions?

Jul 22nd 2021, 3:55 PM 8,093 Views 0 Comments

David Blevins of Sky News joins us for this week’s episode.

# explainer - Wednesday 14 July, 2021

Why is South Africa facing its worst level of unrest since the 1990s?
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Why is South Africa facing its worst level of unrest since the 1990s?

Jul 14th 2021, 6:17 PM 25,668 Views 23 Comments

At least 72 people have died and over 1,200 have been arrested.

# explainer - Friday 9 July, 2021

What does data show about England's third wave, as it prepares to 'unlock' in 10 days?
# Quick Maths
# Quick Maths

What does data show about England's third wave, as it prepares to 'unlock' in 10 days?

Jul 9th 2021, 3:25 PM 28,315 Views 41 Comments

Case rates are rising sharply, including among children, but the number of deaths remains at a low level.

# explainer - Thursday 8 July, 2021

Cuckoo funds are said to be playing a role in Ireland's housing market, but what impact are they having?
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Cuckoo funds are said to be playing a role in Ireland's housing market, but what impact are they having?

Jul 8th 2021, 7:30 PM 16,499 Views 49 Comments

The Government has come under fire for passing an amendment to allow tax breaks for the funds.

Haiti is in a 'state of siege' after its president was assassinated – so what's behind the latest chaos?
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Haiti is in a 'state of siege' after its president was assassinated – so what's behind the latest chaos?

Jul 8th 2021, 3:36 PM 11,920 Views 6 Comments

The 53-year-old was killed by gunmen yesterday.

# explainer - Wednesday 7 July, 2021

Explainer: Ireland got its first cost-rental homes today - but how exactly do they work?
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# Explainer

Explainer: Ireland got its first cost-rental homes today - but how exactly do they work?

Jul 7th 2021, 8:00 PM 23,776 Views 19 Comments

“They’re secure, people can lay down their roots here,” said Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien.

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

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

Jul 7th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,833 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 35,819 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?
# Podcast
# Podcast

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

Jul 2nd 2021, 6:00 PM 4,641 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?
# Podcast
# Podcast

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

Jun 17th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,500 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?
# Human Rights
# Human Rights

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

Jun 17th 2021, 4:34 PM 11,089 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 50,858 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 12,325 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 16,825 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 84,574 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 36,461 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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What's happened in Belarus since last year's protests against president Alexander Lukashenko?

May 24th 2021, 12:54 PM 12,540 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 8,588 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 9,111 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?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: Has Covid changed the way we work?

May 7th 2021, 8:04 PM 5,293 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 24,740 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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Donald Trump could be allowed to return to Facebook today - here's what you need to know

May 5th 2021, 6:10 AM 11,307 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 15,271 Views 10 Comments

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

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