Fionola Meredith: Stormont a 'ghost ship' as the Assembly ends with a whimper
'This is the way the Assembly ends - not with a bang but with a sort of whimpering diminuendo of interest," said Eamonn McCann of People Before Profit. It was the day after the institutions had collapsed, yet Stormont was somehow still rolling on, carried forward by the sluggish momentum of old, familiar habit, if nothing else.
At first glance, it was like any other humdrum work day at Parliament Buildings. Politicians - with the exception of Sinn Féin MLAs, who had apparently vanished en bloc - were going through the motions in the Assembly chamber, and committees continued their sittings.
Small groups of tourists drifted through the Great Hall, or contemplated buying a Northern Ireland Assembly mouse-mat (which could probably become a collector's item, the way things are currently looking) in the gift shop.