Paul Colgan looks at some of the ups and downs since the last elections. Backing from the southern parties is not new, but this time out the SDLP is content to go for external endorsement, rather than hands on help. And despite cuts in Sinn Fein’s income, how much does the party really spend on its election campaign, and will the cuts make any practical difference?
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