Dana challenges Europe

19/09/2011. Dana enters Presidential race. Former MEP, Dana Rosemary Scallon pictured at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin today where she announced she will be seekeing a nomination for the Presidency. Dana previously ran for President in 1997. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
19/09/2011. Dana enters Presidential race. Former MEP, Dana Rosemary Scallon pictured at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin today where she announced she will be seekeing a nomination for the Presidency. Dana previously ran for President in 1997. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon has pledged to defend the Irish constitution against interference from Europe if elected.

Speaking on the campaign trail this week, the former Eurovision winner said that she would address both houses of the Oireactas if she felt the Irish constitution was being undermined. The former MEP said that while she is a supporter of European co-operation, she insisted that it must be on a partnership base and would not accept Europe having control over Irish affairs.

Mrs Scallon insisted however that she was not opposed to European integration or attempting to court Eurosceptic voters. She explained that she does not believe that Irish affairs being controlled by Europe would be good for the country and its people and pledged to use her power as president, if successful in the October 27 election, to address both the Dáil and the Seanad on the matter.

Meanwhile, during an electoral canvass in Cork this week, the singer spoke about her record of promoting Ireland’s cultural life. She vowed to act as an ambassador for the country and said she has been promoting Ireland for more than 40 years.

Mrs Scallon said that she also planned to use Ireland’s cultural and sporting talent to help restor international confidence in Ireland which has been hit by the fall out of the financial crisis.

She pledged to bring together a team which would include leading figures from the worlds of music, business, and sport to act as ambassadors for the country and tell a good news story of a confident Ireland that is open for business.

The candidate finished bottom of the Ispos MRBI opinion poll carried out by the Irish Times this week, receiving just six per cent support.