Fine Gael Minority Whispered In Political Circles
With a General Election having finally being called for Friday February 26th, we are offering 5/1 that Fine Gael will publicly support Fianna Fail.
In the past 24 hours the odds on a Fine Gael minority government have hardened into 4/1 from 5/1, with a Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil government favourite at 7/4 but also on the slide from 13/8. Another outsider that has seen support is the next government to be made up Fine Gael/Labour/Social Democrats which is now 16/1 from 22/1.
We have also priced up a market on whether there will be another General Election called within the next 12 months. It’s 1/10 for this not to happen, but punters are very interested in the 11/2 that’s available for the public to be asked to go to the polls for a second time in a year.
Boylesports’ election ambassador Shane Coleman said:
Looking at the most recent polls, there is no obvious government emerging.
“One possibility that is being tentatively talked about in political circles is the option of a Fine Gael minority government – with or without Labour – being supported from the outside by Fianna Fáil. A ‘Tallaght Strategy Mark II’. There’s a perception out there that the 1987 Tallaght Strategy was disastrous for Fine Gael, but the party actually went up five seats in the general election of 1989.”
“While not without risks for Fianna Fáil, such an arrangement would allow FF to present itself as putting the nation before party politics – doing the right thing for the country as an atonement for past errors. It would also mean it didn’t need to leave the leadership of the opposition to Sinn Féin. Could it happen? It’s clearly more unlikely than likely. Against that, there’s no other obvious outcome at the moment”
Shane will be highlighting the best election bets during the campaign for Boylesports customers.
*Prices correct at time of publication.