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Odds drop on two junior ministers

ODDS have plunged on two junior ministers to become the next leader of the Fianna Fail party.

Bookies Paddy Power slashed their odds against Children's Minister Barry Andrews (43) succeeding Brian Cowen (50) after an overnight gamble and reduced his price from 16-1 to 12-1. Support for Labour Affairs Minister Dara Calleary (37) over the past few days also resulted in his odds being shortened from 14-1 to 8-1.

However, Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin (50) remains firm favourite at 8-11 while Finance Minister Brian Lenihan (51) remains solid at 15-8.

But Arts Minister Mary Hanafin (51) continues to lose favour with the punters and has been pushed out by Paddy Power from an early 9-4 to 6-1.

Betting with the firm also suggests that the next leader of FF will be aged between 46 and 50 years.

Irish Independent