Tonight comes the news that Newry MLA Mickey Brady has been nominated in place of the sitting MP Conor Murphy.
That’s quite a piece of news for a man who was once widely spoken of as a future leader, and a former Minister of course.
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