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Dana may join Aras race after Norris withdrawal

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Published 03/08/2011 | 15:43

(L to R) Mary McAleese, Dana and Adi Roche all appeared on the Late Late television show debate 17/10/1997
(L to R) Mary McAleese, Dana and Adi Roche all appeared on the Late Late television show debate 17/10/1997

There was speculation today that Dana is to mount a challenge for the Presidency.

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Earlier this year the former MEP, Eurovision winner and All Ireland Talent Show judge said she was not interested in running, but didn’t categorically rule out the option.



But today sources close to her are suggesting she has reconsidered following Senator David Norris' dramatic withdrawal yesterday.



In 1997, Dana received the nominations of five county councils and finished third in the contest - polling over 175,000 first preferences votes, or 14pc of the vote.



She came third behind current president Mary McAleese and Mary Banotti.



When asked about the current presidential election in a radio interview with Miriam O’Callaghan earlier this year she said:



“But I’ve learned never to say never, Miriam, because I said I wouldn’t be a singer and I was.



“I said I’d never be in politics and I was. And as I’m sitting before a prospective candidate in yourself, I’ll never say never.”



It is now believed that when the Dáil and Seanad resumes after the summer recess she will canvas TDs and Senators in the hope of securing the 20 signatures needed.





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