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Friday 23 June 2017

Brisk trade at bookies as FG fans out in force

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

WHATEVER about the polling stations, Fine Gael supporters were out in force in the betting offices yesterday.

A flurry of last-minute gambles resulted in a surge on Fine Gael to win 81 or more seats at odds of 7-4.

Bookies Paddy Power said they took a considerable number of bets yesterday afternoon on this outcome but made Fine Gael winning 76 seats or under their favourite at 11-8.

One punter wagered €4,000 on financial journalist Shane Ross at 1-10 to capture a seat in Dublin South, while €6,000 was struck on Fine Gael TD John Perry to retain his seat in the Sligo North Leitrim constituency at 1-2.

Wexford's constituency also attracted two big bets, €3,600 on Fine Gael's Michael Darcy at 1-6 and €3,000 on Labour's Brendan Howlin at 1-12.

The bookies reckon Enda Kenny will cap a memorable election result by recording the highest vote in the country and is a hot favourite at 1-2, with second favourites Jimmy Deenihan and Eamon Gilmore at 7-1.

Irish Independent

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