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Betting splurge shakes up race to be FF leader

Published 08/12/2010 | 05:00

PUNTERS plunged on Brian Lenihan to become the next Fianna Fail leader, hours before he delivered one of the toughest Budgets in the nation's history.

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Mr Lenihan had started the week in third place in the betting to succeed Brian Cowen as party leader. On Monday, bookies were offering odds of just 7-2 -- but a smattering of "monkeys" (€500 bets) brought his odds tumbling to 5-2 and a further wager of €3,000 led bookies Paddy Power to tighten them further at 9-4.

Paddy Power has now installed the Finance Minister as second favourite, behind Foreign Minister Micheal Martin, who remains the favourite at 8-11 .

Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin is in third place at 11-4.

Irish Independent

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