Some would argue that the DUP’s prolonged boycott of the British and Irish Interparliamentary Body was mostly a case of never having quite getting round to attending rather than a key issue of principle. After all, its function is essentially East West rather than North South. Nevertheless, their decision to send observers is being seen as a positive move towards some form of rapprochement.
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