With speculation of an imminent return to politics for Bertie Ahern in the pipeline, we’ve opened the markets on where the former Irish Taoiseach will land in his comeback.
Last night the members of Fianna Fáil in the 65-year-old’s former Dublin Central branch backed a motion to ask the former three-term Taoiseach to return to the fold.
As a result we’ve reacted to the political bombshell by making Bertie as low as 8/1 to stand in the next General Election, and 9/1 to win a seat in his old Dublin Central constituency should he run for it.
The news is unlikely to be music to the ears of current Fianna Fáil chief Micheál Martin, and we make it a 50/1 shot for Bertie to take over from the Corkman as party leader.
Throughout his long career in politics Ahern has never been afraid to aim high and with Michael D Higgins’ first term coming to an end in 2018, optimistic punters fancying Bertie for President can back that at 25/1.
Bertie’s love of all things to do with the Irish capital is well documented, so Ahern’s at 33/1 to be the next Lord Mayor of Dublin.
Finally, after leading the country from 1997 to 2008, we’ve a fourth term for Bertie as Taoiseach before the start of 2020 at an outside chance of 100/1.
When asked about the Bertie situation a spokesperson for Paddy Power, said: “After Trump and Brexit anything is possible now in politics, but this would be the greatest resurrection since Lazarus.”
“Still, Ahern seems as popular to Irish voters as Niall Horan is to teenage girls. So it looks like it’s time to bring the Bertie bandwagon out of storage again.”
8/1 Stand as a candidate in Next General Election
9/1 Win a seat in the next General Election
10/1 To Meet Pope on his Ireland Visit
25/1 Next President of Ireland
33/1 Next Dublin Lord Mayor
50/1 Next Fianna Fail Leader
80/1 To Become Finance Minister before 2020
100/1 Taoiseach again before 2020
300/1 To be Irish Ambassador to US before 2020
500/1 To Win Nobel Peace Prize
500/1 United Ireland to happen while he’s Taoiseach
500/1 To be given job as adviser to Trump