8th May for a restart….

When all the hyperbole is done, the date is probably most significant aspect of this deal, for Sinn Fein at least. Talk has been of an election in the Republic on 17th, though it could come as early as 11th May. The restart on the 9th is as sweet a present as they could have asked for.

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