It is looking ever more likely that Cork will be able to claim another Taoiseach after the next general election, with the odds shortening again on Micheál Martin to become Taoiseach.
“Micheál Martin became the favourite to be the Taoiseach after the next Irish general election after a strong showing from his party in the by-elections and on Tuesday morning, the Fianna Fáil leader was backed even further,” bookmaker Boylesports said, as they shortened his odds to 8/13.
Mr Martin is also the favourite to be the next Taoiseach according to Paddy Power, who have him at odds of 4/6, compared to 11/10 for current office holder Leo Varadkar.
Despite the Taoiseach promising a hike in pension if re-elected, along with more cuts in taxes, BoyleSports have pushed his price out further to 6/5 from even money.
“It’s been a two-horse race for quite some time between Varadkar and Martin in the next Taoiseach market but it’s the latter who has emerged strongest,” Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said.
“The Fianna Fáil leader is now 8/13 from 4/5, the shortest price he has ever been.”
The Taoiseach has said he is hopeful of meeting with the Fianna Fáil leader later this week to decide when a general election will be held.
The bookies believe it will be sooner rather than later, with both Boylesports and Paddy Power judging it most likely to happen between now and the end of March.