Betfair odds balanced between Greens and no Greens…

The main negotiations should have been finished today, and it looks like the former hot favourite for a new coalition is not so hot, nor exactly the favourite with Betfair punters. Fianna Fail and PDs is the new favourite at 7/5. With the Greens 6/4. That’s tight. The current total value of the covered bets stands at £40,056! The negotiations between the Greens and Fianna Fail are supposed to end tonight in time to call ratification of whatever deal may or may not arise on Sunday. Is it a loss of confidence? FF playing hardball? Or are they playing footsie under the table with sufficient of the independents to let them go it alone and dump the Greens? We should know by tomorrow. Unless the clock stops at midnight, ala Good Friday 1998?

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