Dana deciding on Áras bid

Dana Rosemary Scallon.
Dana Rosemary Scallon.

Eurovision winner and former MEP Dana Rosemary Scanlon is considering entering the race for the presidency, her family has confirmed.

Her brother, who managed her previous campaigns, said she was holidaying in Los Angeles and would make a decision upon her return about a bid for the Áras.

The Derry woman’s brother, John Brown, says pressure has mounted on her to run after the collapse of the presidential bid by independent senator David Norris.

“She’s not ruling anything in or out,” he said. “She’s under pressure to run and has been for weeks and in recent days. There’s a huge democratic deficit out there. She is visiting friends in Los Angeles for two weeks and will decide when home. I spoke to her and it is something that has moved up in her decision-making process. A few politicians have also approached her about running.”

Despite reports that the 53-year-old may seek the backing of Oireachtas members to get a nomination, her family indicated she was more likely to push for support from local authorities. A nomination needs the support of four councils or 20 Oireachtas members.

Dana got the support of five county councils in 1997 but finished third in the presidential race.