Sherlock is bookies' favourite to take over department
LABOUR is odds on with the bookies to retain the Education portfolio in the Government following the resignation of Ruairi Quinn.
Favourite to succeed Mr Quinn is junior minister for research and innovation Sean Sherlock at 2-1.
Mr Sherlock was installed initially as 15-8 but his odds eased slightly following support from the punters for deputy leadership contender Alan Kelly, who was introduced into the betting by bookies Paddy Power at 4-1.
But after a three-figure bet yesterday evening, Mr Kelly's odds were slashed to 9-4.
Kathleen Lynch, junior minister in charge of disability, older people, equality and mental health issues, is also in the betting at 9-4.
The bookmakers are laying 8-1 against Jan O'Sullivan and Alex White.
The first FG minister in the betting is Simon Coveney, who is on offer at 10-1, with his party colleague Richard Bruton available at 12-1 and Labour's Aodhan O Riordain at 16-1.