Friday 23 February 2018

Dana family feud flares up as sister writes tell-all book

Eimear Ni Bhraonain and Greg Harkin

THERE's nothing as bitter as a family feud -- and Dana's family has been engulfed by one.

While most family quarrels are behind closed doors, Dana Rosemary Scallon's bickering with her siblings has all come out in public.

The Eurovision singer turned politician was shocked during her presidential campaign when allegations of child molestation emerged against her brother.

It was an extraordinary event in her campaign when it emerged that Dana's brother, John Brendan Brown (56), had been previously accused of molesting his niece Susie Gorrell when she was a child. These are claims he has strenuously denied.

Ms Gorrell (42), formally complained about her uncle to the Metropolitan Police in London.

Now that Mr Brown has been quizzed by detectives in England over the abuse allegations, Dana's family is in the spotlight once more.

Susan Stein, who is Ms Gorrell's mother, is set to expose the family's squabbles over money and the allegations of child molestation, in a book which is almost completed.

However, Dana has publicly backed her brother, lashing out at the allegations made against him.

Disastrous

Dana is still reeling after a disastrous presidential election race, where she came last. She is tens of thousands of euro out of pocket. Mrs Stein and Ms Gorrell are also taking proceedings over a TV3 interview Dana gave during the campaign.

Tensions have been bubbling between Dana and her musician sister Susan since their teenage years in Derry when they both performed together.

Today, there is no love lost between the sisters but Dana is close to her brothers, John Brown (57) and Gerald (67). Mr Brown lives in the village of Dorney near Windsor.

Mrs Stein, who runs a Catholic music record company with her husband, dentist Ron Stein, remains close to her sister Eileen Bradley (68).

Mrs Bradley is the only sibling who still lives in their native Derry. Mrs Stein is also aligned with the family's oldest brother, Robert (69), who lives in Birmingham.

Apart from the molestation, allegations, there is a continuing rift surrounding the family home in Derry.

Since the death of the family matriarch, Sheila Brown, legal arguments have raged over her will. The document stated the house should be shared equally between all six children. This remains an issue for the siblings, who are also arguing over items in the home.

One family row has been settled, however. In 2008 Mrs Stein and her husband agreed an out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit over rights to Dana's recordings.

Irish Independent

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