What prospects for the new Assembly?

In advance of new legislation coming in to re-start the Assembly Mark Devenport looks at the prospects for the return of real politics to Northern Ireland with all other parties effectively paralyzed by the backroom power-play between the DUP and Sinn Fein. Is it for instance significant that the assassination of Denis Donaldson seems to have played little part in the rhetorical bun fight we call politics at the moment, despite the ambiguous circumstances of his death?

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