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Dana's sister backs down on her 'US citizen in 1997' claim

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

Published 10/10/2011 | 05:00

DANA'S sister yesterday backed down on claims the presidential candidate was a US citizen at the time she unsuccessfully ran for the Aras in 1997.

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Controversy engulfed the former MEP and Eurovision winner after it emerged last week that her sister, Susan Stein, claimed in a 2008 court case in the US that Dana had taken US citizenship before the 1997 election, which she lost to Mary McAleese.

But -- despite repeating that claim over the past few days -- Ms Stein said yesterday that Dana Rosemary Scallon could have been in the process of applying for citizenship in 1997.

During the court case over a record label -- which split the family -- she also said a decision was made not to reveal the citizenship in the 1997 campaign.

Ms Scallon herself yesterday read out the text of her US naturalisation certificate, issued in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 8, 1999 -- but said US law prohibited her from allowing photographs of it.

"What was said under oath in that trial was not correct. In fact, it took a little bit of time to copy the document, I'm not allowed to copy the document but I did copy a relevant part of it," Dana told RTE radio yesterday.

"It is for Rosemary Scallon, US emigration and naturalisation service, in other words, when I became a citizen, and the date is October 8, 1999."

When asked for a copy of the document, Ms Scallon's campaign said: "It is punishable by law to copy, print or photograph without lawful authority."

But her spokeswoman said Dana would be happy to show it to whoever asked.

Irish Independent

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