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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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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's Ireland's plan for reopening schools - and how does it compare to other countries?

    What's Ireland's plan for reopening schools - and how does it compare to other countries?

    It has been a fraught subject for months - when will Ireland's schools be reopening?

    And when they reopen, what measures will have to be put in place to keep the risk of Covid-19 low?

    Yesterday, we got our answer, when the new Minister for Education Normal Foley unveiled the plan for schools.

    Under the €350m plan, we'll see 'bubbles' and 'pods' introduced, along with a number of other measures designed to allow children return to the classroom.

    In this week's podcast, we look at what the plan lays out. We also take a look at how Ireland's plan compares to other countries, like Denmark and Germany. Are we doing anything radically different? And what does the latest research tell us about children and Covid-19 risk?

    The Explainer's assistant producer and author of TheJournal.ie's coronavirus newsletter Nicky Ryan joins presenter Sinéad O'Carroll to explain more.

    • 20 min
    How close is a Covid-19 vaccine?

    How close is a Covid-19 vaccine?

    Dr Teresa Lambe from the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, one of the researchers behind the British Covid-19 vaccine trials, joins us on this week's episode.

    She talks to presenter Sinéad O'Carroll about how the UK trial in particular is going, and gives us an insight into this week's good news that this vaccine was found to be safe and induce an immune reaction in the early stages of the trial. Features a clip from Lancet Voice.

    • 21 min
    Why are tourists able to visit Ireland right now?

    Why are tourists able to visit Ireland right now?

    We're joined by TheJournal.ie's senior reporter Michelle Hennessy to examine this further - she breaks down just how tourists can arrive in Ireland, and what their legal requirements are.

    With presenter Sinéad O'Carroll, we also look at how the legal requirement to quarantine on arrival is murky, at best, and what the appetite for potential solutions are, such as testing on arrival.

    • 29 min
    How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

    How Covid-19 brought misinformation to Ireland

    A flood of misinformation and disinformation followed Covid-19's arrival to Ireland.

    You likely saw a lot of this firsthand. Maybe it was the rumours of the Irish military being deployed to enforce lockdown, or a suggestion that drinking water would prevent you from catching Covid-19.

    It has become a significant feature of public discourse on the crisis in recent weeks and months, but is it here to stay, or as we begin to live alongside the virus until a vaccine arrives, will it simply ebb away?

    TheJournal.ie examined this in a webinar last week, organised in partnership with the European Parliament Office in Ireland.

    Presenter Sinéad O'Carroll was joined by our own Deputy Editor, and the lead of TheJournal.ie's FactCheck project, Christine Bohan as well as FullFact’s Nicola Aitken, Per Enerud of the European External Action Service and MEP Billy Kelleher.

    • 34 min
    How do you handover a government?

    How do you handover a government?

    Former government press secretary Feargal Purcell gives us an insider-look at how one government hands over the reins to next. Would Leo have left a 'how to' guide for Micheál? How do you transfer staff between newly created Departments, or even start one from scratch?

    • 31 min
    How likely are you to catch Covid-19 in Ireland right now?

    How likely are you to catch Covid-19 in Ireland right now?

    Is it a "one-in-a-million chance"? Professor Paul Moynagh, Head of the Department of Biology at Maynooth University and Director of the Human Health Research Institute, joins us to discuss how we can start to figure out how common Covid-19 is in Ireland right now, as well as what studies will help us learn the true number of people infected and the most important things to bear in mind during phase three.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

CAF93 ,

The Story of the Anna Kriegal trial

This was only my second time to listen to an episode of The Explainer. I really liked the content and how the topic was dealt with.

However, the speed at which the speakers talk (which I understand is due to editing) is quite uncomfortable to listen to. This would affect my interest in listening to further episodes. If I find that this speed is normal for The Explainer I will discontinue listening.

I would prefer less content in the episode at a normal listening speed.

CommsReview ,

Facts when needed

Brilliant podcast. All about evidence and expert advice rather than just opinion.

AnneMarie C-11 ,

Excellent podcast

Really informative and well researched podcast - look forward to it every week!

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