Tuesday 26 September 2017

Dana looks all shook up while out on the campaign trail

Dana Rosemary Scallon pictured meeting local Elvis impersonator Myles Kavanagh
while out canvassing in Kilkenny yesterday
Dana Rosemary Scallon pictured meeting local Elvis impersonator Myles Kavanagh while out canvassing in Kilkenny yesterday
Presidential candidate Martin McGuinness and RTE 'Prime Time' presenter Miriam O'Callaghan greet each other at the Inclusion Ireland Presidential Forum yesterday at the Mansion House in Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Presidential candidates Sean Gallagher, left, and Michael D Higgins during yesterday's Inclusion Ireland Debate at the Mansion House in Dublin

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Dana was all shook up when she met Elvis in Kilkenny yesterday.

The strain of a difficult presidential campaign was evident as Dana struggled to showcase her famously-upbeat nature while campaigning in the city.

Local Elvis impersonator Myles Kavanagh told her she was "a wonderful person", but Dana could barely raise a smile.

Little wonder, perhaps, as her campaign in general -- and yesterday's walkabout in particular -- has been dominated by allegations of sexual abuse in her own family.

The situation was "very tragic" she said, adding that the claims by her niece Susan Gorrell were "untrue".

She was more upbeat, however, when it came to her chances -- despite languishing last in the polls.

"I have never polled well. When I was in the European elections, I was told I wouldn't get my deposit back before it but I won my seat," she said.

"In the first presidential election, I was at the bottom of the poll as well and I came in third place.

There was an embarrassing moment earlier in the day when Dana first arrived -- an hour behind schedule -- at City Hall in Kilkenny.

A car in her entourage blocked a disability bay but the driver defended his right to park there by saying he had fundraised for the Irish Wheelchair Association. "We didn't actually park there, the engine has to be turned off for me to be parked," the driver, who later accompanied Dana around the city said.

He added: "I have raised over €100,000 for the Irish Wheelchair Association and I don't think they'd mind me parking or stopping on their space for 10 seconds."

Irish Independent

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