Things to keep an eye on….

Everytime the Francie Brolly off message remarks have been mentioned on Slugger, we’re told they are irrelevant. Now without attempting to gainsay such proper scepticism, there were two things worth testing against future (or indeed non) delivery: 1 According to Francie Sinn Fein would rather accept policing but after and not before an election; 2 despite a notably peaceful parading season (‘both sides delivered’), he intimated that this year could be tricky.

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