Wednesday 1 March 2017

President Joe Brolly? Odds slashed on outspoken pundit to succeed Michael D Higgins

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Sports pundit Joe Brolly
Sports pundit Joe Brolly

Joe Brolly may be one of the country's most recognisable sporting pundits, but following a flurry of betting activity today, the former All-Ireland winner is now as low as 10/1 to become the next president of Ireland.

The Sunday Independent columnist, who was part of the Derry side that claimed the Sam Maguire in 1993, has seen his odds tumble on following Michael D Higgins as President Of Ireland.

The controversial Sunday Game GAA pundit would be a highly unlikely choice to take up residence in Áras An Uachtaráin, but following numerous bets across the country today, including a bet of €200 at 16/1, BoyleSports have been forced to cut the odds of Brolly becoming the ninth president of the country.

RTÉ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan remains the favourite for the role at 9/2, with MEP Mairead McGuinness next in the betting at 11/2.

Fergus Finlay is next in the betting at 7/1 with the current president of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe, Pat Cox, next at 8/1.

Outsiders include current Taoiseach Enda Kenny at 33/1 with former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern available at 100/1. Senator David Norris can be backed at 66/1 alongside previous Presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon who will be running for the third time if she decides to stand as a candidate.

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