IT could have been the weather, or it could have been the strain of a difficult presidential campaign, but when Dana Rosemary Scallon came to Kilkenny the famously upbeat singer was tired.
The clouds didn’t lift in Kilkenny when she arrived on Monday afternoon. One of her campaign team parked a car in a disabled space before taking to the streets to talk to local people.
The driver of the car, John Travers, defended leaving the car in a wheelchair spot. “I have raised over €100,000 for the Irish Wheelchair Association and I don’t think they’d mind me parking or stopping on their space for 10 seconds,” he said.
With the rain beating down, Dana addressed the allegations of abuse that her niece Susan Gorrell had made against Dana’s brother. “It is quite devastating for our family. These allegations are simply allegations, they are unsubstantiated and they only first arose in a family dispute court case. I can only stick by that to say that the allegations are untrue,” she said.
Although she is only polling at 2% in the opinion polls, Dana said she wasn’t disappointed with the response to her campaign. She pointed out that in the European elections she was told that she wouldn’t get her deposit back, but she went on to win the seat.
Huddled under an umbrella and complaining of being cold, Dana made her way from City Hall down to Tynan’s bar. With the rain coming down the streets were empty.
Along the way Dana met Frank Grinkell, who said, “There’s no point in voting for her but she is a nice woman.”
Further down the street Michael Ryan from New Street got a hug from Dana. “I would vote for you, you remind me of my wife,” he said.
John Paul Kelly from New Building Lane was hoping that Dana could raise the issue of fathers who weren’t able to see their children. “I have not seen my child in three years,” Mr Kelly told Dana.
Outside of Dunnes on Kieran Street, Neil Michael Cooke approached Dana and gave a baritone rendition of All Kinds of Everything.
“She will definitely get my vote, sure didn’t she win Eurovision,” he said.