The thing about Northern Irish Politics is that it is both easier to predict than southern politics and more difficult. Who really, hand on heart, saw the flag protest coming? Perhaps we should have, since every year the Ardoyne troubles seem, if not to get worse, then to have no visible or political solution.
Jason O’Mahony gives the next year south some caustic treatment, and comes up with a list of suitably pessimistic (and therefore plausible) bullet points… But, with a blank canvas to draw upon, what are your main predictions for Northern Irish politics over the next year?
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