Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Battle for Brussels

Once Lisbon is over and done with, the task will move on to who will replace Charlie McCreevy as Ireland’s Commissioner (if Lisbon is passed, that is!)

Champagne Charlie will retire from his gravy-train post at the end of this year and it is in Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s gift as to who his successor will be.

Given that the Government’s numbers in the Dail are getting tighter by the day, it is highly unlikely that he will send one of his loyal Dail foot soldiers over to take the job.

So who will get it?

Well the money seems to be on the two front-runners – former MEP Eoin Ryan and former EU Parliament President Pat Cox.

Bookies Paddy Power has reported significant interest in Ryan, who lost his seat in June’s local elections.

The 53-year-old Dubliner has been the subject of a sustained gamble which has seen his odds tumble from 7/1 to 7/2 second-favourite.

Pat Cox remains favourite but has eased slightly in Paddy Power’s betting from 11/10 to 5/4.

“According to the betting, it is all over bar the shouting for Lisbon and the shrewd punters have turned their attention to Charlie McCreevy’s successor with Eoin Ryan looking like the one to watch,” Power said.

Other names in the pot include Alan Dukes, Mary Harney, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Dan Boyle, Dermot Ahern, Martin Cullen and even Bertie Ahern!

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