NEVER ones to pass up on an opportunity, the bookies are now taking bets on the recession.
Punters hoping to lay some money on Tuesday's Budget can get odds of 2/1 that Finance Minister Brian Lenihan will mention the words "economic downturn" during his speech.
Boylesports is also offering evens that "credit crunch" will not feature in the speech and 6/4 on "recession" not being used .
Following on from Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny's commitment to cut 5pc from his salary next year, Paddy Power is now offering 2/1 that Taoiseach Brian Cowen will do the same.
Other candidates the bookie has put forward for a drop in pay are Labour leader Eamon Gilmore (3/1), Aer Lingus chief Dermot Mannion (4/1), Pat Kenny (25/1), FAI chief John Delaney (40/1) and RTE economics editor George Lee (66/1).