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

Published 11/11/2015 | 17:15

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.

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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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