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Dana to stay in presidential race

Former Eurovision winner Dana has confirmed she will stay in the race to become Ireland's next President.

Amid massive controversy linked to a bitter family row over copyright ownership, the singer vowed to battle on despite severe damage done to her campaign.

Dana claims both she and her family are the victim of a despicable and malicious campaign of hatred.

"My family and I have agreed that to walk away now from the presidential campaign would be to give support to the orchestrated campaign that I believe is being peddled from a specific source and I will not let this happen," she said.

The former MEP, who is running last in the polls with about 5% support, claims to be the victim of harassment and produced the header of an email sent last week which read "HAHAHAHAHAH - The bitch finally gets what she deserves".

Dana's campaign was first damaged last week when it emerged she is an American citizen although immigration officials insisted she is legally entitled to hold dual Irish-US citizenship.

The difficulties deepened when reports of an old family dispute from the copyright battle resurfaced. Dana threatened to pull out of the race to the Aras because of what she called the intrusion into her family life when details of the 2008 lawsuit were published.

Allegations had been made against one of her relatives during the case.

In a statement Dana claimed someone was trying to implicate her in the allegations, which were first reported online, from America. She said the allegations, which have not led to anyone being charged, are part of an orchestrated campaign against her.

"I truly felt that this was an attempt to make me stand down. But I will not. I will not step down, I will not bend under this. I will not be broken," she told TV3. "I will not bend to bullying or intimidation or blackmail or pressure on me."

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