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Dana slams 'vile' sexual allegations against relative

Irish presidential election candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon has vowed to continue her campaign after it was reported that sex allegations have been made against a relative.





The independent candidate will today attempt to mend her faltering campaign after details of an alleged police probe into the sending of hate mail was made public.



It has been reported that police in the US are investigating an anonymous letter sent to the presidential hopeful which makes cruel sex allegations against a relative.



And the former MEP is expected to make a TV appearance over the weekend in an attempt to explain her astonishing outburst towards the end of the Prime Time debate.



Dana stunned fellow candidates and RTE host Miriam O'Callaghan by launching a shocking and emotional attack on what she branded as "vile" allegations made against her family.



"It has come to my attention that yet further allegations -- this time of a most untrue and malicious vile nature -- have been levelled against a member of my family.



"Let it be known that lawyers have already been instructed to forensically investigate a particular communication that has spread this vile false allegation which attempts to implicate me and destroy my good character."



It has now emerged that the Derry woman made the claim as she was expecting the details of the probe to be published the following day.



The Herald revealed yesterday how Dana's campaign has fallen into disarray with a number of her supporters fearing that she would pull out.



However, the Department of the Environment has revealed that the singer's name will definitely appear on the ballot paper on October 27 regardless of whether she wants to withdraw or not.



Dana will continue to speak with her legal teams in both Ireland and the US today, according to her spokesperson.



And the former MEP is expected to come out fighting and is already being lined up to make a sensational TV appearance over the weekend.



A spokesperson for TV3 told Dublin's Evening Herald yesterday: "Obviously if Dana requested an interview on TV3 we would consider that but nothing has been confirmed as yet."

Dana's statement

Dana issued the following statement last night:

“A most despicable and malicious campaign of hatred is currently being directed at myself and my family.

“I brought this into the public domain for the following reason; last week I was falsely accused of being a part of a deceptive cover-up regarding my Irish/US dual citizenship, which I subsequently proved to be untrue on presentation of my citizenship certificate.

“Before I produced the citizenship certificate, I received a malicious email which began ‘HAHAHAHAHAH The bitch finally gets what she deserves'.

“I will not repeat further details of the email which goes on to threaten the release of further malicious and untrue allegations and also attempts to implicate me.

“Following on from this, prior to the (RTE) Prime Time debate on Wednesday, a freelance journalist contacted me claiming that he was going to run two page stories dealing with a malicious allegation against one of my family members and attempting to implicate me.

“I felt it best to confront this head-on and after legal advice I made my statement in the Prime Time debate. I knew by the tone of the threatening email I had received that the writer was determined to ‘out' this malicious accusation.

“This false accusation first surfaced in a family dispute court case approx five years ago and was denied. No further action was taken. It now conveniently surfaces again during my presidential campaign. In fact, in an alleged period of over 30 years there has never been a complaint lodged.

“I am appalled that a person or persons would seek to do this to my family. I have never knowingly done harm to any person and while some may not agree with my political, religious or social positions on certain matters, no family deserves to be the subject of such a malicious campaign.

“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.

“My sincere thanks to all those who have sent messages of support in these difficult times to myself and my family. I look forward to the next two weeks of campaigning and a presidential result that will finally reflect the true will of the people.”

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