Thursday 23 November 2017

Dana does u-turn and returns to presidential campaign reporters

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon did a u-turn today and returned to the campaign trail despite earlier threatening to pull out of the race.

She would not confirm or deny whether she is seriously planning to pull-out after questions were raised about her dual US citizenship and the issue revived an old family row over the ownership of some of the former Eurovision winner’s recordings.

She added she was staying in the race for now but would have to consult with her family members about any changes to her presidential plans.

Last week the Euro-sceptic former MEP claimed she could not remember the wording of an oath of allegiance she swore and she insisted securing a green card does not impinge on her Irish nationality.

"I have dual citizenship," she said.

"Ireland, Israel and Canada share the advantage of being allowed to have joint citizenship. For citizens of these three countries, there is no conflict in holding a US passport and a passport of these countries," she said.

The US state department says that the US government recognises that dual nationality exists but does not encourage it or require a person to choose one citizenship over another.

Ms Scallon has admitted securing the dual nationality in 1999.

She rejected suggestions she ever tried to hide her US citizenship, a claim reportedly made by her sister Susan Stein during a court case in the US in 1998 during a bitter row over ownership of some of the singer's recordings.

Ms Stein told the court she discussed her sister's citizenship with Dana's husband, Damien Scallon, and their brother John Brown, Dana's adviser in her current presidential campaign, when the singer first stood for the presidency in 1997.

But Dana has dismissed the claim insisting she did not become a US citizen for another two years.

Dana was among the seven presidential candidates who took part in a live debate today on Today FM.

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