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Scallon still in election race despite the “malicious lies”

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Summary of story from The Irish Times, October 15, 2011

Ireland’s independent presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon says sexual allegations about a member of her family have been raised with the aim of destroying her character during the presidential election campaign.

In a dramatic media appearance yesterday, Ms Scallon announced she was still in the race, despite the “malicious lies” she claimed were being spread about her.

Asked by TV3’s Ursula Halligan what was the point of continuing in the race when she was bottom of the polls, Ms Scallon said she would not bend to bullying, intimidation or blackmail.

Ms Scallon also denied engaging in a stunt to attract publicity.

She said: “The people of Ireland know me well enough to know that I would never do anything to bring any kind of shame to my family [or] to my family name.”

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