13 April 2020
By Elaine Murphy
The Social Democrats were founded in Ireland in 2015. It is a centre-left party with 6 Dail seats, no Seanad seats, no MEP’s, and 19 Councillors. The party is better known in Cork since the 2020 election of Holly Cairns as a TD in Cork South West.
As talks continue around the formation of a new government, some speculative bets were placed with BoyleSports on Sunday night for the Social Democrats to be a part of the next coalition.
Leo Varadkar has appealed to the Greens, Labour and Social Democrats to become the “third pillar” of a Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael coalition government.It’s now a 10/1 shot from 50/1 that the four parties of Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Green Party/Social Democrats join forces to form the next government as negotiations continue to break the deadlock.
The new favourite however with punters remains a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Green coalition, with those odds currently at 5/2 having been as big as 14/1.
Another option that includes the Social Democrats has also attracted support with a Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Soc Dems/Independents now 12/1 from 33/1.
The Boylesports spokesperson continued “They were fancied back in February after the general election results came out but eased over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. That all changed on Sunday night however as Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Green Party/Social Democrats to get together is now 10/1 from 50/1, the biggest mover in the market we have seen for over a month now.”
Here in Cork, the Social Democrats secured their first seat in Cork South West in the 2020 General Election when then County Councillor Holly Cairns was elected to the third seat of the three seat sprawling constituency.
Boylesports current odds for Next Government
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5-2 Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Green
7-2 Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Green/Independents
4 Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Independents
6 Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil
10 Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Green/Soc Dems
12 Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Lab/Independents
12 Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Soc Dems/Independents
16 Fianna Fail/Fine Gael/Soc Dems
25 Fianna Fail/Fine Gael/Soc Dems/Labour
25 Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Labour
33 Fine Gael Minority
33 Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin/Fine Gael
50 Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin/Green
50 Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Green/Labour
66 Fine Gael/Sinn Féin/Independents
66 Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin
66 Fianna Fáil/Sinn Féin/Soc Dems
66 Fianna Fáil/Labour/Green/Independents