Sentence delay until votes are cast is good news for Sinn Féin
Published 13/02/2016 | 02:30
The delay in sentencing Thomas 'Slab' Murphy - even though it is now scheduled for polling day itself - is a relief to Sinn Féin. A Special Criminal Court decision on a sentence yesterday would have given the party a deal of adverse publicity rolling on over the weekend and into next week, across a series of valuable canvassing days.
News of the outcome on Friday week, February 26, as voters go to the polls, is not entirely ideal - but it is better than a court decision yesterday.
Polling day itself is a rather topsy-turvy day for many people and they often do not focus much on the news. Many voters will have their minds already made up by then anyway, so detail on Mr Murphy's fate is unlikely to sway too many, even if they are aware of it as they head to the polls.