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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.

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    • 4.4 • 181 Ratings

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.

    What type of tax system does Ireland have?

    What type of tax system does Ireland have?

    Barra Roantree, economist with the ESRI, joins us on this week's episode to put Ireland's tax system under the microscope. What exactly is a progressive tax regime - and does Ireland have one? Are we too exposed to corporation tax? And what are the biggest takeaways from Budget 2023?

    This episode is proudly sponsored by Taxback.com

    The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep questioning, investigating, debunking, explaining and informing at www.thejournal.ie/contribute/

    • 28 min
    What do recent arrests mean for the Kinahan gang?

    What do recent arrests mean for the Kinahan gang?

    Our reporter Garreth MacNamee joins us to examine the future of the Kinahan Organised Crime Gang in the wake of significant moves by international police forces to crack down on the gang this year, and recent high-profile arrests. Is it still able to operate as a criminal enterprise, are other gangs filling the void left in Ireland, and what will become of Daniel Kinahan's aspirations to be a boxing promoter?

    The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep questioning, investigating, debunking, explaining and informing at www.thejournal.ie/contribute/

    • 19 min
    By Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?

    By Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?

    Our investigations team at Noteworthy examine the use of pesticides by public authorities. They've found that almost all councils still apply chemical weedkillers, particularly glyphosate (known as Roundup). Here, Susan Daly speaks to reporter Anthea Lacchia and campaigner James Walsh about these chemicals and their potential to cause harm to the public.

    The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep questioning, investigating, debunking, explaining and informing at www.thejournal.ie/contribute/

    • 22 min
    What challenges will Britain's new king face?

    What challenges will Britain's new king face?

    Joining us this week is Enda Brady, London-based journalist and media consultant, to examine what lies ahead for Britain's new head of state. What changes might King Charles III make to the monarchy, what do the British public make of him - and will he be able to smooth over the numerous controversies facing the royal family?

    The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep questioning, investigating, debunking, explaining and informing at www.thejournal.ie/contribute/

    • 23 min
    Why is Ireland so obsessed with Garth Brooks?

    Why is Ireland so obsessed with Garth Brooks?

    RTÉ arts and culture journalist Alan Corr and The Journal's resident Garth Brooks fan Christina Finn join us to look at the return of the country music superstar. Brooks is back in Ireland for five sold-out gigs - but what's the secret to his enduring popularity in Ireland? What happened to the 2014 concerts, and will this year's run be his last in Ireland?

    The Explainer is brought to you by The Journal. Providing open access to valuable journalism in Ireland has been the aim of The Journal for a decade. You can contribute to ensure we can keep questioning, investigating, debunking, explaining and informing at www.thejournal.ie/contribute/

    • 32 min
    By Noteworthy: Why are Irish unweaned calves being exported?

    By Noteworthy: Why are Irish unweaned calves being exported?

    In another episode by Noteworthy, Niall Sargent and Austrian vet Dr Alexander Rabitsch tell Susan Daly about animal welfare concerns in the growing live export trade to Europe. In TRADE OFF, Sargent also examined the growth of the export trade in line with dairy export and spoke to industry insiders about what solutions, if any, can be offered to limit welfare concerns raised.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 Ratings

Amiga Ireland ,

Eolasach agus oibiachtúi

Nuacht, gan an torann.

Yvonne, Co Meath ,

Always comprehensive and clear news analysis

Thank you Sinead O’Carroll and all your guests for clarifying the main issues of the week with such ease and understanding.
I’ve shared different episodes with so many and especially my children who need to hear news from a trustworthy site and this is definitely one of those.
Keep up the good work.

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Excellent

News without the noise - great, balanced and informative

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