The budget had something for everybody but not a lot for anybody – prompting many to dub it an ‘Election Budget’.
And our punters think Leo Varadkar has Fianna Fail exactly where he wants them – quickly latching onto the 5/2 price offered for a 2018 General Election and backing it into 7/4.
The odds of a Christmas election – the gift nobody wants to receive, but is at least more original than socks – is 25/1, though we make it heavily odds-on that any election in 2018 would take place in November.
But, first, there’s the, erm, small matter of a Presidential Election – which brings us nicely onto the favourite, Michael D Higgins, who is priced at a prohibitive 1/10, with little obvious challenge.
Joe Lee, Paddy Power’s Head of Politics, said: “Confidence might not be in plentiful supply around Dail Eireann at the moment, with the bromance between Leo and Micheál potentially on the rocks.
“As for the next President, we haven’t seen a pint-sized Irishman this dominant since Ray Houghton donned the Green Jersey. Ireland, clearly, want the ‘D’.”