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

Jun 20th 2020, 12:05 AM 19,260 Views 35 Comments

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

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

Jun 19th 2020, 12:42 PM 13,760 Views 6 Comments

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

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

Jun 18th 2020, 10:46 PM 45,023 Views 41 Comments

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

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

Jun 12th 2020, 12:05 AM 37,268 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.

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

Jun 10th 2020, 6:10 AM 12,061 Views 4 Comments

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

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

Jun 9th 2020, 11:28 AM 28,981 Views 83 Comments

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

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

Jun 8th 2020, 5:29 PM 45,315 Views 20 Comments

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

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

Jun 6th 2020, 9:30 AM 20,397 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?
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Explainer: Why is a new law in Hong Kong about the Chinese national anthem so controversial?

Jun 6th 2020, 7:45 AM 15,501 Views 27 Comments

The law was approved by Hong Kong legislators on Thursday.

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

Jun 6th 2020, 12:05 AM 40,966 Views 20 Comments

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

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

Jun 2nd 2020, 2:20 PM 24,523 Views 96 Comments

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

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

May 24th 2020, 11:00 AM 22,404 Views 13 Comments

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

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

May 15th 2020, 11:59 PM 61,843 Views 58 Comments

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

Phase One: Who's back to work and can you see your family if the government lifts the Covid-19 lockdown?
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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 79,660 Views 39 Comments

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

Covid-19 testing: How has Ireland performed and what level do tests need to be at for restrictions to be lifted?
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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 38,710 Views 42 Comments

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

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

Apr 22nd 2020, 9:40 PM 40,132 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?
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Explainer: How does Ireland count Covid-19 deaths compared to other countries?

Apr 22nd 2020, 4:38 PM 49,292 Views 40 Comments

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

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

Apr 20th 2020, 3:11 PM 33,351 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: Why our positive Covid-19 numbers from Irish labs and those from a German lab are reported separately
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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 47,193 Views 33 Comments

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

Explainer: The UK doesn't have the equivalent of a tánaiste, so who's in charge right now?
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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 22,954 Views 37 Comments

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

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

Apr 3rd 2020, 6:15 AM 28,840 Views 16 Comments

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

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

Mar 31st 2020, 2:34 PM 75,671 Views 76 Comments

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

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

Mar 23rd 2020, 3:36 PM 108,588 Views 41 Comments

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

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

Mar 17th 2020, 3:53 PM 6,352 Views 7 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 11th 2020, 5:37 PM 22,422 Views 30 Comments

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

The Explainer: What Super Tuesday and the latest US primaries could mean for Trump
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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: What’s going on between Turkey and Greece and the EU?
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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.

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

Mar 6th 2020, 6:05 AM 59,726 Views 13 Comments

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

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

Updated Mar 3rd 2020, 2:20 PM 23,757 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
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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 36,329 Views 17 Comments

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

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

Mar 2nd 2020, 5:24 PM 43,299 Views 46 Comments

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

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

Feb 26th 2020, 5:42 PM 45,398 Views 35 Comments

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

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

Feb 25th 2020, 4:55 PM 101,051 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?
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Coronavirus: How likely is it to come to Ireland? And can the health service cope with an outbreak?

Feb 25th 2020, 6:00 AM 62,637 Views 52 Comments

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

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

Feb 24th 2020, 5:40 PM 18,703 Views 0 Comments

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

2 weeks before the season starts, the League of Ireland's First Division remains mired in uncertainty
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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: What is the Special Criminal Court and what is Sinn Féin's stance on it?
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Explainer: What is the Special Criminal Court and what is Sinn Féin's stance on it?

Feb 6th 2020, 12:58 PM 25,306 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”.

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

Feb 4th 2020, 6:15 AM 9,676 Views 7 Comments

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

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

Updated Feb 3rd 2020, 6:00 PM 15,588 Views 6 Comments

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