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The Explainer is a new weekly podcast from TheJournal.ie that takes a deeper look at one big news story you need to know about. What's the background? Why is this in the news? Get the facts behind the story from Ireland's biggest news website.

Latest Episodes

Why don't we have a government yet?

The general election has come and gone - so why don't we have a government? The Dáil has sat for the first time, but party leaders were unable to gather enough votes to become Taoiseach, leading to Leo Varadkar's resignation. There's talk of a left-wing coalition let by Sinn Féin, but there's also talk of a grand coalition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. Where do we go from here? Nicky Ryan is joined by Gavan Reilly, political correspondent with Virgin Media News, DCU politics professor Gary Murphy, as well as our own political correspondent Christina Finn to figure out what exactly is going on.

38 MIN3 d ago
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Why don't we have a government yet?

What’s happened so far in the general election count?

The exit poll indicated we'd be talking about Sinn Féin throughout count day but it didn't point to the absolutely huge first preference votes its candidates would get across the country. The party has topped polls in multiple constituencies, with popular sitting TDs, deputies who had feared for their seats and unknown names who came from seemingly nowhere. Storm Ciara brought turbulence in more ways than one. We know a number of ministers will lose their seats, with Shane Ross the first formally eliminated in the fifth count in Dublin Rathdown. What else has been happening and what should we expect on Monday?

43 MIN2 w ago
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What’s happened so far in the general election count?

LIVE: How does Ireland get the politicians it has?

For our first live episode, recorded at Crow Street in Dublin's Temple Bar, we're looking at how Ireland ends up with the politicians it has. How much do polls, debates, and social media have to do with it - and how much is people voting for party or country? Sinéad O'Carroll is joined by journalist and broadcaster Lise Hand and Professor Gary Murphy, Associate Professor of Politics at DCU, and Maynooth University’s election guru Adrian Kavanagh.

71 MIN2 w ago
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LIVE: How does Ireland get the politicians it has?

How worried should we be about the coronavirus in Ireland?

On this week's episode, we look at the novel coronavirus outbreak and ask - how worried should we be in Ireland about it? What is a coronavirus? How can you stop its spread? And is the Irish health system prepared for a possible outbreak here? Joining Sinéad O'Carroll in studio are Noteworthy investigative journalist Maria Delaney and Nigel Stevenson, associate professor in immunology at Trinity College Dublin. We also hear from John Cuddihy, Director of the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre, about how the Irish health system is dealing with the coronavirus threat.

29 MIN3 w ago
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How worried should we be about the coronavirus in Ireland?

How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?

Last year, we brought you the story behind the Drogheda feud. This week, we take another look at the feud, in the wake of the shocking death of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods. The young teen's remains were found in a holdall in Coolock on Monday 13 January. Two days later more remains were found in a burning car in Ballybough. The shocking discovery and subsequent garda investigation showed that the Drogheda feud had reached north Dublin. Keane disappeared on Sunday 12 January and gardaí described what happened to him as “a brutal and savage attack on a child and is completely unacceptable in any normal democratic society”. In this week's episode, TheJournal.ie reporters Garreth McNamee and Conal Thomas discuss with Sinéad O'Carroll the circumstances that could have led to this latest twist in the feud. They examine the response to gangland activity and how the garda investigation into Keane Mulready-Woods' death is going.

31 MINJAN 25
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How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?

What is going on between Harry, Meghan and the British Royal Family?

Update: Since we recorded this episode, it has been announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer be working members of the royal family. This month is a significant one for the British Royal Family. In an almost unprecedented move, Prince Harry and Meghan announced on 8 January that they plan to step back as senior members of the family, removing themselves from frontline royal duties. They want to, they said, carve out a "progressive role" in the monarchy. The rest of the family were seemingly left in the dark over the decision, but Queen Elizabeth has confirmed that they will be 'entirely supportive' of the pair. But what happens now? In this week's episode of The Explainer, presenter Sinéad O'Carroll is joined by David McClure, royal finances expert and author of Royal Legacy, journalist and broadcaster Conor Behan and TheJournal.ie reporter Rónán Duffy to look what happened since 8 January, what the future holds for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, what money -...

33 MINJAN 18
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What is going on between Harry, Meghan and the British Royal Family?

Why #blackandtans was trending in 2020 - and what's next for State commemorations?

It was supposed to be fairly straightforward - a commemoration for those who served in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP), to be held in Dublin Castle. But due to the varied complications of Irish history over the past centuries, as soon as the event was publicised the criticism and questions began to roll in for the government over the past week. We're joined by two experts to discuss what went wrong and what we can learn from it.

37 MINJAN 11
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Why #blackandtans was trending in 2020 - and what's next for State commemorations?

How does Met Éireann decide on weather warnings?

In Ireland, we really do love talking about the weather - and often guiding the importance of these conversations is Met Éireann's colour coding system. It has been in use over the past decade, but it's often not that straight-forward. Some weather conditions with lower ratings have felt the same as others with higher ratings, sometimes they're announced at the last minute, or others seem to signal impending doom pass without incident. Joining us in studio is TheJournal.ie reporter Sean Murray, and we speak to the national meteorological service's head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack, who talks about what goes on behind the scenes when meteorologists are looking at looming bad weather, what considerations are made when deciding to alert the public on bad weather - and why Storm Lorenzo seemed like it was going to be worse than it actually was.

28 MINJAN 3
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How does Met Éireann decide on weather warnings?

Our favorite explanations of the year

Earlier this year, TheJournal.ie launched a new podcast - The Explainer. Aimed at taking a deeper look at one big news story each week, we've now hit episode #44 and was named as one of the Best Listens of 2019 by Apple Podcasts. Since March we've covered everything from the trouble Prince Andrew has caused for the Royal Family to Patrick Nevin and the 'Tinder rape case', as well as looking at whether Ireland can grow its own medicinal cannabis and why exactly there's so much controversy over the Public Services Card. In today's special edition, the whole team sit down in studio - presenter Sinead O'Carroll and the show's producers Christine Bohan, Aoife Barry, and Nicky Ryan - to run through our favourite explanations, the moments from the past year when our expert contributors set something clear in our minds or offered a new piece of information that stuck with us.

33 MIN2019 DEC 27
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Our favorite explanations of the year

Is it possible to have a green Christmas?

How possible is it to have a green - or environmentally-friendly - Christmas? That's what we've been looking at in our Green Christmas series on TheJournal.ie over the past few weeks. In this week's episode of The Explainer, our producer Aoife Barry steps into Sinéad O'Carroll's shoes and presents the show. She interviews reporter Dominic McGrath and Pat Kane of Reuzi.ie about how listeners can have a 'green Christmas'. They examine what exactly 'green' means, and whether big changes are necessary at your dinner table this 25 December. Our Green Christmas series is supported by Volvo, a car manufacturer which has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2040.

25 MIN2019 DEC 19
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Is it possible to have a green Christmas?

Latest Episodes

Why don't we have a government yet?

The general election has come and gone - so why don't we have a government? The Dáil has sat for the first time, but party leaders were unable to gather enough votes to become Taoiseach, leading to Leo Varadkar's resignation. There's talk of a left-wing coalition let by Sinn Féin, but there's also talk of a grand coalition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. Where do we go from here? Nicky Ryan is joined by Gavan Reilly, political correspondent with Virgin Media News, DCU politics professor Gary Murphy, as well as our own political correspondent Christina Finn to figure out what exactly is going on.

38 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Why don't we have a government yet?

What’s happened so far in the general election count?

The exit poll indicated we'd be talking about Sinn Féin throughout count day but it didn't point to the absolutely huge first preference votes its candidates would get across the country. The party has topped polls in multiple constituencies, with popular sitting TDs, deputies who had feared for their seats and unknown names who came from seemingly nowhere. Storm Ciara brought turbulence in more ways than one. We know a number of ministers will lose their seats, with Shane Ross the first formally eliminated in the fifth count in Dublin Rathdown. What else has been happening and what should we expect on Monday?

43 MIN2 w ago
Comments
What’s happened so far in the general election count?

LIVE: How does Ireland get the politicians it has?

For our first live episode, recorded at Crow Street in Dublin's Temple Bar, we're looking at how Ireland ends up with the politicians it has. How much do polls, debates, and social media have to do with it - and how much is people voting for party or country? Sinéad O'Carroll is joined by journalist and broadcaster Lise Hand and Professor Gary Murphy, Associate Professor of Politics at DCU, and Maynooth University’s election guru Adrian Kavanagh.

71 MIN2 w ago
Comments
LIVE: How does Ireland get the politicians it has?

How worried should we be about the coronavirus in Ireland?

On this week's episode, we look at the novel coronavirus outbreak and ask - how worried should we be in Ireland about it? What is a coronavirus? How can you stop its spread? And is the Irish health system prepared for a possible outbreak here? Joining Sinéad O'Carroll in studio are Noteworthy investigative journalist Maria Delaney and Nigel Stevenson, associate professor in immunology at Trinity College Dublin. We also hear from John Cuddihy, Director of the HSE's Health Protection Surveillance Centre, about how the Irish health system is dealing with the coronavirus threat.

29 MIN3 w ago
Comments
How worried should we be about the coronavirus in Ireland?

How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?

Last year, we brought you the story behind the Drogheda feud. This week, we take another look at the feud, in the wake of the shocking death of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods. The young teen's remains were found in a holdall in Coolock on Monday 13 January. Two days later more remains were found in a burning car in Ballybough. The shocking discovery and subsequent garda investigation showed that the Drogheda feud had reached north Dublin. Keane disappeared on Sunday 12 January and gardaí described what happened to him as “a brutal and savage attack on a child and is completely unacceptable in any normal democratic society”. In this week's episode, TheJournal.ie reporters Garreth McNamee and Conal Thomas discuss with Sinéad O'Carroll the circumstances that could have led to this latest twist in the feud. They examine the response to gangland activity and how the garda investigation into Keane Mulready-Woods' death is going.

31 MINJAN 25
Comments
How did the Drogheda feud reach north Dublin?

What is going on between Harry, Meghan and the British Royal Family?

Update: Since we recorded this episode, it has been announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer be working members of the royal family. This month is a significant one for the British Royal Family. In an almost unprecedented move, Prince Harry and Meghan announced on 8 January that they plan to step back as senior members of the family, removing themselves from frontline royal duties. They want to, they said, carve out a "progressive role" in the monarchy. The rest of the family were seemingly left in the dark over the decision, but Queen Elizabeth has confirmed that they will be 'entirely supportive' of the pair. But what happens now? In this week's episode of The Explainer, presenter Sinéad O'Carroll is joined by David McClure, royal finances expert and author of Royal Legacy, journalist and broadcaster Conor Behan and TheJournal.ie reporter Rónán Duffy to look what happened since 8 January, what the future holds for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, what money -...

33 MINJAN 18
Comments
What is going on between Harry, Meghan and the British Royal Family?

Why #blackandtans was trending in 2020 - and what's next for State commemorations?

It was supposed to be fairly straightforward - a commemoration for those who served in the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP), to be held in Dublin Castle. But due to the varied complications of Irish history over the past centuries, as soon as the event was publicised the criticism and questions began to roll in for the government over the past week. We're joined by two experts to discuss what went wrong and what we can learn from it.

37 MINJAN 11
Comments
Why #blackandtans was trending in 2020 - and what's next for State commemorations?

How does Met Éireann decide on weather warnings?

In Ireland, we really do love talking about the weather - and often guiding the importance of these conversations is Met Éireann's colour coding system. It has been in use over the past decade, but it's often not that straight-forward. Some weather conditions with lower ratings have felt the same as others with higher ratings, sometimes they're announced at the last minute, or others seem to signal impending doom pass without incident. Joining us in studio is TheJournal.ie reporter Sean Murray, and we speak to the national meteorological service's head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack, who talks about what goes on behind the scenes when meteorologists are looking at looming bad weather, what considerations are made when deciding to alert the public on bad weather - and why Storm Lorenzo seemed like it was going to be worse than it actually was.

28 MINJAN 3
Comments
How does Met Éireann decide on weather warnings?

Our favorite explanations of the year

Earlier this year, TheJournal.ie launched a new podcast - The Explainer. Aimed at taking a deeper look at one big news story each week, we've now hit episode #44 and was named as one of the Best Listens of 2019 by Apple Podcasts. Since March we've covered everything from the trouble Prince Andrew has caused for the Royal Family to Patrick Nevin and the 'Tinder rape case', as well as looking at whether Ireland can grow its own medicinal cannabis and why exactly there's so much controversy over the Public Services Card. In today's special edition, the whole team sit down in studio - presenter Sinead O'Carroll and the show's producers Christine Bohan, Aoife Barry, and Nicky Ryan - to run through our favourite explanations, the moments from the past year when our expert contributors set something clear in our minds or offered a new piece of information that stuck with us.

33 MIN2019 DEC 27
Comments
Our favorite explanations of the year

Is it possible to have a green Christmas?

How possible is it to have a green - or environmentally-friendly - Christmas? That's what we've been looking at in our Green Christmas series on TheJournal.ie over the past few weeks. In this week's episode of The Explainer, our producer Aoife Barry steps into Sinéad O'Carroll's shoes and presents the show. She interviews reporter Dominic McGrath and Pat Kane of Reuzi.ie about how listeners can have a 'green Christmas'. They examine what exactly 'green' means, and whether big changes are necessary at your dinner table this 25 December. Our Green Christmas series is supported by Volvo, a car manufacturer which has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2040.

25 MIN2019 DEC 19
Comments
Is it possible to have a green Christmas?
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