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.
Why is the 27th Amendment back in the news?
We speak to doctoral researcher Hilary Hogan to examine the 27th Amendment. Unanimously passed in 2004, it meant that children born to non-Irish citizens would no longer be entitled to birthright citizenship. New legislation proposed by Labour seeks to provide a path to citizenship for these children.
Professor Philip Nolan on what the numbers are telling us about Covid-19 right now
NPHET's modelling expert Professor Philip Nolan joins us on this week's episode to discuss the recent trends in the Covid-19 cases at this halfway point in Ireland's second lockdown, as well as answering some of your questions.
Did the polls get it right in the US election?
Dr Kevin Cunningham, lecturer in politics and in the School of Media at TU Dublin, as well as an independent pollster, joins us on this week's website episode to examine whether the polls accurately predicted the results of the US election - or whether that's even possible within the electoral college system.
In Depth: What exactly happened with the mother and baby home legislation?
Sinéad O'Carroll is joined this by our reporter Órla Ryan, co-director of the Clann Project and NUI Galway lecturer in human rights Dr Maeve O’Rourke, as well as solicitor and director of Data Compliance Europe Simon McGarr.
The government has received a copy of the findings from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes, but it has already attracted significant controversy before it has even come near to being published, as fears were sparked among survivor and campaign groups that the records would be sealed for 30 years.
We look at what exactly a mother and baby home was, what the Commission of Inquiry was investigating, how this spiraled into a controversy as well as what exactly the GDPR says about access to records like these.
The Explainer LIVE: What could Trump's legacy be?
We recorded this week's episode live on Zoom. Presenter Sinéad O’Carroll was joined by our columnist Larry Donnelly of NUIG, associate professor at Trinity College Dublin Dr Daniel Geary who has a special interest in political ideologies and the intellectual and cultural history of America, and Seana Davis of Euronews, who examines how misinformation and American politics have intertwined over the past four years.
We focused on what Trump's legacy could be - either from his first term or his entire presidency, depending on how Tuesday falls.
What led to Ireland moving to Level 5 restrictions?
Our reporters Michelle Hennessy, Cónal Thomas, and Nicky Ryan join us on this week's episode to examine what led to Ireland moving to the highest level of Covid restrictions. We discuss the available capacity in our healthcare service, whether our contact tracing system is up to scratch, and what WHO's position is on lockdowns.