The peace process is slow and frustrating, but the Jimmy Burns at the FT reckons that the two governments have set their sights on Christmas as a target for political agreement. Of course there is no promise on a timeframe for restoring institutions, but that may emerge as part of a deal done by Christmas. As one seasoned observer told Slugger recently, “we’re looking at September, next year”!
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty