Whatever happened to the Irish political blogosphere?

I’m working on another review of the Irish blogosphere for Total Politics magazine.  One of the things I will be sure to feature is Splintered’s great constituency guides, and his spectacular breakout as compelling commentator on the English/Roman Curia, or the Tabletistas as he calls them.  Or the recent arrival of politicalreform.ie.

But given the fact that of all the Irish political blogs (including Slugger) shortlisted for the Irish blog Awards, only one, the Gombeen Nation, has been around since the awards started back in 2006. So is the Irish political blogosphere really falling in on itself? Is Twitter where the political debate is? Or the big discussion sites like Politics.ie or Boards.ie?

Or what is the story this year?