Independent presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon has claimed she is lucky to be alive after her campaign car suffered a tyre blow-out on a motorway.
Dana was asleep in the back seat, with her husband Damien driving, when he suddenly lost control at about 100kph, several miles from the M4 toll, on the way to Dublin.
"When I looked at it, it was very scary to look at," Dana said.
"I think we are all very lucky to be here today. I never start a journey without saying a little prayer and I think we are all very lucky.
"As far as I'm concerned it was a very lucky escape."
Experts at two of the country's leading tyre businesses, Fastfit and Advance Pitstop, claimed that damage to the front tyre was consistent with a run-flat as the car may have travelled more than 100 yards after the blow-out.
The damage created a pattern of about 15 rips around the side wall of the tyre.
Butler's Tyres in Harold's Cross, Dublin, inspected the tyre and said it was impossible to determine if it had been tampered with. Experts also said only manufacturers would be able to strip layers off the tyre and assess it for malicious damage.
The incident happened at around 9pm on Tuesday night near Kilcock, Co Kildare.
The campaign car, a Peugeot 508 emblazoned with Dana posters, had been parked outside the Landmark Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon for several hours. It has 20,000 miles on the clock.