Tuesday 21 February 2017

Dearbhail McDonald: A vote for SF is a vote for Slab in all but name

Friday's sentence hearing of Thomas 'Slab' Murphy could impact on SF's election campaign, writes Dearbhail McDonald

Published 07/02/2016 | 02:30

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy. Photo: Courtpix
Thomas 'Slab' Murphy. Photo: Courtpix

Anything can happen during a general election campaign: it's what makes them so unpredictable - and so compelling.

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After all the months of careful planning, strategising and obscene message management by high-octane Svengalis, candidates of all hues know that many of their number are hostages to fortune and potential victims to that infamous phenomenon attributed to Harold Macmillian, "events, dear boy, events".

It's hard to believe it is only four days since Taoiseach Enda Kenny "raised his sail" in the Dail and skulked off to the Aras, leaving a hipster video on Twitter in his wake announcing Friday, February 26 as the date of the election.

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