Odds shorten for Thomas Byrne to replace Micheál Martin as FF leader 

Odds shorten for Thomas Byrne to replace Micheál Martin as FF leader 

Jim O’Callaghan is the favourite to replace Taoiseach Micheal Martin as FF party leader. 

The odds have significantly shortened for European Affairs Minister Thomas Byrne to replace Micheál Martin as the next Fianna Fáil leader. 

That's according to odds released by BoyleSports today following the publication of the latest Red C opinion poll published in the Business Post on Sunday. 

The Red C poll put support for Fianna Fáil at just 10 per cent. 

A BoyleSports spokesperson said punters have already started to speculate over Taoiseach Micheál Martin's replacement, with European Affairs Minister Thomas Byrne the latest TD being backed to become the next leader of Fianna Fáil.

The Meath East TD has attracted support for the first time to replace Micheál Martin as his odds tumbled into 8/1 from 14/1 with BoyleSports on Monday morning.

Deputy Jim O’Callaghan was backed into 15/8 from 5/2 last month to be the next leader of the party, making him the clear favourite for the role if Micheál Martin goes. 

The sudden increase in support for O’Callaghan came after potential leadership rival Dara Calleary resigned as deputy leader after the fallout from last month’s infamous Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Galway, the spokesperson said. 

He is followed by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath at 9/2.

Some support has also arrived for Niall Collins, BoyleSports said. 

The Minister of State for Skills and Further Education has seen his odds clipped into 6/1 from 10/1.

Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Micheál Martin is seemingly under more pressure following the latest poll results and punters are looking at potential replacements. Thomas Byrne was well supported following the weekend and his odds have shortened for the first time at 8/1 from 14/1. Niall Collins has also been backed but Jim O’Callaghan is still the hot favourite having gone 15/8 from 5/2 following the Golfgate scandal.” 

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