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Fianna Fáil has squandered an electoral chance by going along with the 'Yes' vote

Bruce Arnold

Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

Micheal martin
Micheal martin

On April 17, a bookmaking firm called Betfair sent me an email about the referendum campaign. I am not a gambler, had certainly not had dealings with them, so I imagined I was being teased over my support for the 'No' vote in the marriage referendum.

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This was no payout. Just a tweaking of the 'No' vote tail.

Betfair's Barry Orr sent the following comment: "A 'Yes' vote has always been favoured by punters but since some key Irish thinkers, such as Mary McAleese, gave the 'Yes' side a ringing endorsement, punters have been backing it like defeat is out of the question, driving the price as low as 1-10, so we have taken the decision to pay out as it's now a forgone conclusion that the referendum will pass."

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