by Frank Schnittger
Fri Oct 7th, 2011 at 11:48:42 AM EST
Dana Rosemary Scallan is one of 7 candidates for the Presidency of Ireland in an election to be held on the 27th. October. It has now been revealed that she became a citizen of the USA prior to her previous run for President in in 1997 and she has the chutzpah to claim that her US citizenship will help her to better perform her duties as Irish President.
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Ms Scallon became a US citizen prior to putting her name forward for the 1997 presidential election but a decision was taken not to inform the electorate, her sister told a court in Iowa in 2008 during a legal case involving ownership of some of the singer's recordings.
She disputes the above account and claims not to have become a US citizen until 1999 although she has also claimed that no one asked her about her citizenship during the 1997 campaign and thus it was never an issue. To become a US citizen she was required to swear the following oath of allegiance:
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
As a devout and militant Catholic, she can hardly claim that an Oath before God is a mere technicality - as she now appears to be trying to argue. She cannot even claim, as some Irish Bishops did when they withheld evidence of child abuse from the civil authorities, to have exercised a "mental reservation" in swearing her Oath of Allegiance to the USA, as this is specifically ruled out in the wording of the oath.
If Dana is elected President of Ireland, She will be required by the Irish Constitution (Article 12.8) to swear the following Oath:
"In the presence of Almighty God I ,do solemnly and sincerely promise and declare that I will maintain the Constitution of Ireland and uphold its laws, that I will fulfil my duties faithfully and conscientiously in accordance with the Constitution and the law, and that I will dedicate my abilities to the service and welfare of the people of Ireland. May God direct and sustain me."
How can she both "entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity" to Ireland and defend the Constitution of the USA, and at the same time maintain "the Constitution of Ireland " and fully dedicate herself "to the service and welfare of the people of Ireland?"
Article 12.6.3 of the Irish Constitution also provides that: "The President shall not hold any other office or position of emolument." What happens if she is drafted into into the US Army during her term of office?
Dana claims to be totally open and honest and has engaged in a lot of waffle about resisting EU colonialism and furthering our close ties to the USA. However at least we have all signed up to the Treaties which are the foundation law of the EU in a number of referenda. I was not aware that we had become the 51st. State of the USA.
The Irish Constitution makes no provision for impeaching a President. Therefore there is nothing anyone will be able to do if Dana decides to honour her oath of allegiance to the USA and is instructed by the USA to bear arms on their behalf or otherwise work in the interests of the USA.
And will our partners in the EU not be entitled to regard Ireland as something of a US trojan horse within the EU if she is elected? Fortunately this is unlikely to happen as she is currently running last in the opinion polls on c. 5% of the vote. I suspect the revelation that she is now also a US citizen could spell the end of her campaign.