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Dana photographed by her campaign car on 9 October 2011. Niall Carson/PA Wire

No evidence of criminal damage in Dana's tyre blowout

Meanwhile, Dana’s husband Damien says that the independent candidate is “very optimistic” about her chances in Thursday’s ballot.

A GARDA investigation into allegations that a tyre on the campaign car of  presidential election candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon may have been deliberately cut has found no evidence of criminal damage to the tyre.

The tyre blew out as Dana travelled back to Dublin last Tuesday with her husband and brother after campaigning in Leitrim. No one was injured in the incident and no damage was caused to the vehicle.

Speaking to today, Dana’s husband Damien, who was driving the car at the time of the incident, said that the tyre is being sent to England for further evaluation, but they hope it will uncover “nothing sinister”.

Damien Scallon said the independent candidate remains “very optimistic” ahead of Thursday’s vote.

“She’s never done very well in the polls,” he said of her performance in opinion polls throughout the campaign. “But we’re just keeping going and feel very optimistic.”

The latest opinion poll, an Ipsos/MRBI poll for today’s Irish Times, put Dana in last place among the seven candidates with 3 per cent of support.

Read: Gallagher retains major lead in Irish Times Áras opinion poll >

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