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

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

Ireland’s Department of Education said that it was “aware” of Scotland’s exam results being released.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why protests have erupted in Belarus against Europe's 'last dictator' Alexander Lukashenko

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

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

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

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

Action in the three counties was brought to a halt last Friday.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: How Beirut explosions came at 'worst time possible' for a country in a 'dire situation' Lebanon

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

Prior to the devastating blasts, Lebanon was already dealing with its worst economic recession in decades.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What was the argument on Dáil speaking time all about? Shouting Match

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

Before last night, speaking rights were assigned equally during the first round of a debate after Dáil reform in 2016.

From TheJournal.ie How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work? Back To School

How will school pods and 'class bubbles' work?

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.

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

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

It’s up to each county board to decide how they handle such a scenario.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What does the new 'green list' mean for foreign travel? Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

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

It was a long time coming but there’s still plenty of debate out there.

From TheJournal.ie The Explainer: How close is a Covid-19 vaccine? Podcast

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What we know about Covid-19 and airborne transmission Coronavirus

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie 'A powerful tool': How does the new Covid-19 contact tracing app work? Explainer

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

The app launched late last night.

From TheJournal.ie Going overseas against travel advice will cost claimants Jobseekers or PUP payments Pricey Trip

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: This is the current official advice on foreign travel Essential Info

Explainer: This is the current official advice on foreign travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie A mix of pragmatism and idealism: What Ireland aims to achieve with its UN Security Council seat Explainer

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: How will pubs and restaurants work when they reopen on 29 June? Explainer

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Who killed Olof Palme, the Swedish Prime Minister assassinated in 1986? Explainer

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What exactly is the latest advice on face masks and why you should wear them? Guidance

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

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

From TheJournal.ie What does shopping look like in a pandemic? Here's what we learnt today Phase Two

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: How 'examinership' works in Ireland (including how Saddam Hussein comes into it) Economic Downturn

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why is a new law in Hong Kong about the Chinese national anthem so controversial? Protests

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

The law was approved by Hong Kong legislators on Thursday.

From TheJournal.ie Q&A: How the extended pandemic payment schemes will work Explainer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: No, 'Covid-19' doesn't mean there have been 18 other coronaviruses Coronavirus

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why are people protesting against Covid-19 lockdowns in the US? Coronavirus

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

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

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

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: The UK doesn't have the equivalent of a tánaiste, so who's in charge right now? Boris Johnson This post contains videos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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