Dana Rosemary Scallon has said she will not step down from the presidential campaign, over the sexual abuse allegations which have surfaced regarding a member of her family.
The Independent candidate surprised viewers on Wednesday night, during an RTE presidential debate when she made an impromptu statement regarding the allegations.
Speaking on the RTE show she said, “Let it be known that lawyers have already been instructed to forensically investigate a particular communication that spread this vile false allegation which attempts to implicate me and destroy my good character.”
Court documents seen by IrishCentral.com revealed that Dana’s brother-in-law, Dr Ronald Stein, made allegations while under oath that John Brown, Dana’s brother and campaign advisor, had sexually abused Stein’s daughter for over a decade.
In an interview with TV3 News, Dana described the allegations as "malicious lies".
The Derry-born candidate said she had been approached by a freelance journalist in Ireland, who threatened to publish the allegations. As a result, she felt the need to address the issue during the Prime Time debate.
She also told TV3 she had received an anonymous email threatening her.
"I had received an anonymous email on the Saturday night. It wasn't signed," she said.
"I won't be able to share all that was in the mail. It said, 'Hahahahaha the b**** is finally getting what she deserves' and went on from there to make false accusations."
Despite much speculation that she was about to withdraw from the campaign, she vowed to continue.
To watch the full interview with Dana on TV3 New click here.
Full text of a statement released by Dana Rosemary Scallon on Friday evening, following allegations regarding members of her family.
“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 Prime Time debate on Wednesday, a free-lance 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. 5 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 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.”