Despite the best efforts of the Orange Order, there is no prospect of an electoral pact between the two main Unionist parties. All eyes now roll west to Fermanagh South Tyrone. Is this effectly a bye for Michelle Gildernew to retain the seat for Sinn Fein? Or does the DUP think there’s a chance they can take it alone?
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