Sinn Fein under the spotlight

Hardtalk is one of the few good programmes to emerge from the BBC’s 24 hour news service. Last week they pitched Stephen Sackur against Martin McGuinness. The latter held his nerve under some stiff questioning, but it largely goes to emphasise just what a politically tough year the party has come through.

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