IRA: public enemy number one in Catholic Belfast

So goes this headline in the LA Times. The staffers of the world’s press have stayed away for pretty much everything that’s happened in Belfast in the last four or five years. Not anymore. That’s one reason why Sinn Fein’s loss of the political ball at this point is potentially so damaging.

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