Saturday 16 December 2017

Independent candidate Dana threatens to quit presidential race over family row reporters

INDEPENDENT presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon today threatened to quit the campaign if the media continues to report on her disagreement with members of her family.

Speaking on RTE's Today with Pat Kenny show this morning, Ms Scallon said "I am not answering any more questions about this. I will not have my family dragged across this presidential election or I will step out of it."

Ms Scallon's sister Susan Stein had claimed during a court case in 2008 that the singer had taken out US citizenship prior to her first bid for the presidency in 1997.

She said a decision was made that Ms Scallon would not reveal her US citizenship during that campaign unless asked, as it was feared that this could hurt her chances.

Ms Scallon had denied her sister's claims and today produced a document showing that she became a US citizen on 8 October 1999.

"I don't want any more questions regarding it. I think this is really disgusting to bring a family matter on the airwaves."

Ms Scallon's family has been split down the middle by a bitter row between herself and her Ms Stein over music rights and royalty payments. A private settlement was agreed in 2008 following court proceedings.

Relatives said Dana was supported in the US dispute by her brother John (57), who is also her campaign adviser, while another brother Robert (69) sided with Susan.

Meanwhile, other Presidential candidate Martin McGuiness was confronted by the son of a murdered soldier.

David Kelly, whose father was killed alongside a garda while trying to rescue kidnap victim Don Tidey in 1983 who was being held by the provisional IRA, called on Mr McGuinness to name those responsible.

Confronting Mr McGuinness, who was canvassing in Athlone, Co Westmeath, Mr Kelly said: "I want justice for my father.

“I believe you know the names of the killers of my father and I want you to tell me who they are.

“You were on the army council of the IRA."

"I don't know their names," Mr McGuinness said and he also denied he was on the army council of the IRA.

Mr Kelly said of his father: "He was loyal to this Irish Republic and I am loyal to him as a son and I want justice for him."

The two men were shot on December 16, 1983 in Co Leitrim where Mr Tidey was being held by the provisional IRA.

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