From William Hill:
Bookies Push Out Bertie's Odds To Become European Council President
William Hill believe that Ireland’s NO vote in the Lisbon Treaty have effectively ended Bertie Ahern’s chances of becoming the first permanent president of the European Council. The bookmakers had previously made Ahern their 4-1 favourite for the coveted position, but after the Lisbon rejection they pushed his odds out to 25-1.
Hills now make the Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen their 2-1 favourite for the position. They also offer odds of the 4-1 on Luxembourg premier Jean Claude Juncker getting the job, while former British PM Tony Blair can e backed at 5-1 for the top job in the EU.
William Hill’s Irish spokesman Tony Kenny commented “Any possible chance of Bertie becoming the European Council President seem to have gone” He continued “Bertie had been well backed for the role before the Lisbon treaty referendum , but with the on-going Mahon tribunal and Ireland emphatic No to Lisbon, we believe that Bertie is now a rank outsider for the EU job”
First Permanent President Of The European Council: (William Hill Bet) 2-1 Anders Fogh Rasmussen, 4-1 Jean Claude Juncker, 5-1 Tony Blair, 9-1 Wolfgang Schussel, 10-1 Jose Manuel Barroso, 12-1 Guy Verhofstadt, Gerhard Schroder, 14-1 Aleksander Kwasniewski, 16-1 José María Aznar, Romano Prodi. 20-1 Silvio Berlesconi, 22-1 Angela Merkel, 25-1 Bertie Ahern, Nicolas Sarkozy, 33-1 Goran Persson, Mary Robinson, 40-1 Jacques Chirac, Jan Peter Balkenende, 66-1 Frederik Reinfeld, Kostas Karamanlis, 80-1 Matti Vanhanen, 100-1 Gordon Brown