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Micheál Martin New Favourite To Be Taoiseach After Election

Micheál Martin is the favourite to be the Taoiseach after the next Irish general election after a strong showing from his party in Friday’s by-elections.

There were no shocks in Cork North-Central as the seat went the way of Padraig O’Sullivan, while Malcolm Byrne made it two seats from the four on offer for Fianna Fáil in Wexford, seeing off Fine Gael’s Verona Murphy who was pushed into third.

Martin stuck to the proposed timetable of a May election after the votes were counted and BoyleSports have clipped Fianna Fáil into 4/5 from 5/6 to win most seats, seeing them edge ahead of Fine Gael in the betting. Leo Varadkar’s party remain at 5/6.

Sinn Féin’s Mark Ward was only third favourite to take the Dublin Mid-West seat, but his victory has seen Mary Lou McDonald’s party trimmed into 40/1 from 50/1 ahead of the expected vote in the spring.

There is a decent bit of market momentum behind Fianna Fáil now.

With a renewed burst of money for Micheál Martin after the results came in, we have to make him the frontrunner to be Taoiseach before the summer.

*Prices correct at time of publication.