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Brisk trade at bookies as FG fans out in force

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