North faces into lengthy period of inertia and political stalemate

Turnout in next month’s Assembly elections could tumble below 50 per cent, writes Hugh O’Connell

19th February, 2017
North faces into lengthy period of inertia and political stalemate
Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Féin’s leader in the North Pic: Pacemaker

With less than a fortnight to polling day, the Assembly election campaign in the North has been far from the toxic and nasty one that many predicted.

Instead it has been a relatively low-key affair, with little to indicate there will be a major shift in support for the two main parties despite both being at the heart of the political crisis that triggered this snap election.

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