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Retiring Stormont MLAs will be missed but what is their legacy?

As Anna Lo discovered, while it is a tremendous achievement to be the first ethnic minority in the chamber, there is little point in being the only one. We hoped she represented a breakthrough, not a token. Picture by Arthur Allison
I WAS at the Valley Leisure Centre in Newtownabbey for the 2007 assembly election count. Print, radio and TV hacks alike were all huddled around the few precious power points at the four corners of the room when a prominent reporter from a (unionist-leaning) Belfast newspaper let out a whoop of delight, exclaiming: “John Dallat has been re-elected, journalists everywhere can breath a sigh of relief.” We broke briefly - from squinting at scraps of paper with scrawled names, party labels and bewildering figures from which we were struggling to construct coherent accounts of wha[...]
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