Peter Hain seems to be officially putting Unionist concerns to one side regarding the IRA. That would seem to tick major item number one on Sinn Fein’s declared ‘shopping list’ from before last year’s election. Only two remain: buy in from the DUP; and the smooth transition of policing to local hands.
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