Sinn Féin won’t thank a bookmaking firm for installing their two candidates as raging hot favourites to take two seats in the still to be announced general election.
However, bearing in mind the old adage that the bookie rarely gets it wrong, Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn at almost unbackable odds of 1/33, are all but home and hosed before a door is knocked.
For 85 year old Ian McGarvey, the most recent entrant into the race, odds of 85/1, match his age, in this his fourth attempt to make it to leinster House.
Fine Gael’s Joe McHugh at 1/10 and Fiánna Fail’s Charlie McConalogue at 4/11.
After that it gets very interesting and reflects the belief that there will an almighty scrap for the final three of five seats on offer.
Aoife Heffron, PR Executive for BoyleSports commented “Despite being 85-years-old, Ian McGarvey shows no signs of slowing down. Having failing to get a seat under Fianna Fáil in 1982, McGarvey ran again in 2007 and 2011 as an Independent, but was unsuccessful. Unfortunately he is 85/1 to finally be successful in his fourth General Election campaign as the market is dominated by Sinn Féin.”
Oddly, in their betting list, the bookies have included under fire councillor John O’Donnell at 20/1, despite the fact he isn’t running. Perhaps they know something we don’t.
Donegal (5 TDs)
Pearse Doherty (Sinn Féin) 1/33
Pádraig MacLochlainn (Sinn Féin) 1/33
Joe McHugh (Fine Gael) 1/10
Charlie McConalogue (Fianna Fáil) 4/11
Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher (Fianna Fáil) 1/2
Thomas Pringle (Independent) EVS
Gary Doherty (Sinn Féin) 7/4
Niamh Kennedy (Independent) 6/1
Paddy Harte (Fine Gael) 7/1
Dessie Shiels (Independent) 10/1
Tim Jackson (Independent) 20/1
John O'Donnell (Independent) 20/1
Ian McGarvey (Indpendent) 85/1
Paula Flanagan (Green Party) 100/1