DANA TUNES IN TO POWER; Eurovision Star Wants to Be President

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She was the sweet Irish colleen who enchanted millions with a simple ditty called All Kinds of Everything.

But fans of that long-ago Eurovision Song Contest winner could hardly have imagined where she'd end up in 1997 ...

Campaigning to become PRESIDENT of the home country she loves.

Yes, this is DANA - the "girl next door", who could be transformed from Eurovision songbird 27 years ago into European power figure.

She's up against tough and proper competition but the bookies are giving her 16 -1.

Better start calling her Madam.

Dana, her husband Damien Scallan, and their children Grace, 16, Ruth, 14, James, 12, and Robert, seven, now live in America's Deep South "Bible belt".

She's the star of a major Catholic TV network. And next Saturday she'll serenade the Pope in Paris for World Youth Day.

Before that, though, she will fly into Dublin to launch her political bandwagon.

The 44-year-old anti-abortionist says she's standing "by popular demand".

And she insists: "This is not an ego trip. This is not for financial gain or emotional security.

"I really would love to be able to give back something to the people of Ireland for all they have given me."

The President's chair is falling vacant because the hugely respected Mary Robinson is off to New York as the UN's Commissioner for Human Rights.

Dana could soon be battling on the political stage with former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds, ex-Foreign Minister Dick Spring and Northern Ireland's peace architect John Hume. …