Abiding paradox of peace time

When Malachi O’Doherty addressed the Green Party earlier in the Autumn he scanned the horizon for opportunity for issue based, non confessional parties. He argues that people are de facto becoming more used to mixing in work and in the broader swathes of middle class Northern Ireland. HOwever, he believes that the future belongs to transformed traditional parties, rather than to those jostling the crowded middle.

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