LOCAL MP Martin McGuinness has been tipped at 25/1 to become Ireland’s next president despite not yet having thrown his hat in the ring.
It is not known yet if the Mid Ulster MP will run for the seven year post.
But some lucky punter may scoop 2,600 euro if the Deputy First Minister does win the presidential election.
According to Paddy Power - the bookmaker - someone placed a 100 euro bet on Mr McGuinness to win the presidency sometime last month at odds of 25/1.
However the bookmaker did concede that not a great deal of bets had been placed on Mr McGuinness being elected.
“In total 51 bets (totally 910 euro) have been placed on Mr Guinness, the biggest of which was a 100 euro bet placed at odds of 25/1 last month (which would return 2,600 euro should Mr Guinness become the next president of Ireland),” said the Paddy Power spokesperson.
As speculation mounts, it is thought a Sinn Fein candidate for the presidency will be chosen at this weekend’s Ard Fheis at Belfast’s Waterfront Conference Hall.
A Sinn Fein candidate could come close to becoming President for the first time by picking up support from disillusioned Fianna Fail voters.
So far there are four candidates - Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell, Labour’s Michael D Higgins and independents Sean Gallagher and Mary Davis.
Favourite at Paddy Power bookmakers at the moment is Michael D Higgins who is 8/13.
Sinn Fein’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald this week backed the party to run a candidate for the Irish Presidency.
Ms McDonald, a member of the Irish parliament, did not suggest names but said no-one, including herself and other serving members, should be ruled out.
Nominations for the presidency close on 28 September and the election will take place on 27 October.
Latest betting at Paddy Power bookmakers on who will be the next Irish President is as follows;
8/13 Michael D.Higgins;
11/4 Gay Mitchell
10/1 Sean Gallagher
10/1 Mary Davis
25/1 Martin McGuinness
25/1 Eamon O’Cuiv
33/1 Martin McAleese
40/1 Dana Rosemary Scallon