Sinn Féin Shorten For Coalition After Poll Boost

A Sinn Féin coalition with either of the two main parties has been backed at the weekend as the public digest the latest opinion polls ahead of an expected general election next year.

The Behaviour and Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times showed a six-point increase in support for Sinn Féin, putting them on 20%, only 9 points behind the most popular party in the country.

That surge has now been replicated in the betting…

with potential coalitions involving either Fine Gael or Fianna Fail closing into 11/1 from 16/1 on Sunday afternoon.

The same poll showed Fianna Fáil as the most popular party on 29%, three points clear of Fine Gael on 26%. Micheál Martin’s party are now at their shortest price to date to win most seats at the next election at 8/11 from 5/6, while Fine Gael are out at Even money having been joint favourites before the weekend.

Sinn Fein are gaining ground now in the polls and a 6% rise was enough to tempt some punters into the prospect of them taking seats in the next government at 16/1. The growing liability on that scenario means we have to make it a shorter 11/1 chance now.

*Prices correct at time of publication.