On the previously un-apparent instability in Unionism…

It’s been my own view that the last four years have been about a subterranean crisis within nationalism, unionism is now about to have a much more out front breakdown of their own. Over on Comment is Free I’ve argued that whatever the cause, Irisgate has changed the underlying political game in Northern Ireland. Whether by default or design, Sinn Fein have scored an away goal against a top of the table side, and as a result, everything has changed. And, at least in post Belfast Agreement terms, changed utterly. The challenges of the future will depend on them getting a consolidation of interests and the development of a truly modern democratic leadership.

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