Taoiseach Now Odds-On To Jump Jab Queue For White House Trip
Micheál Martin’s controversial proposed visit to the White House on St. Patrick’s Day is now being backed to go ahead after suggestions he could get vaccinated to facilitate the annual trip.
The Taoiseach has said previously that ‘the virus would dictate’ whether the traditional Washington visit would take place, but US officials are said to be expectant that Martin would be vaccinated before making the journey.
The prospect of a public backlash triggered a gamble last weekend on the trip being scrapped, but now the betting has swung back in favour of it going ahead, as we made Martin a 2/5 shot from 5/6 to take the flight.
The traditional presentation of a bowl of shamrocks to the President, which dates back to 1956, was expected to be disrupted due to travel restrictions, but odds of 7/4 are now available on the trip being cancelled.
The to and fro nature of the betting just shows how divisive this trip could be, but the latest patterns suggest the Taoiseach will go ahead with it.
Opposition voices are growing louder, but at 2/5 from 5/6 it’s looking more likely than not so we could well have a political storm on the horizon.