The next Stormont election will take place on May 5th 2011. Elections to the 26 local councils will take place the same day, the first since 2005.
There could also be a third vote - a UK-wide referendum on the introduction of the Alternative Vote system for the Westminister elections.
UTV News - Council and Assembly polls on 5 May
So aside from the usual sectarian head-count what are the issues?