Eurovision winner Dana to seek Irish presidency
Others in the race include former government arts minister Michael D. Higgins and former IRA commander Martin McGuinness.
The 60-year-old Scallon is known universally in Ireland by her stage name, Dana, following her 1970 Eurovision win for the ballad "All Kinds of Everything."
Scallon is a Catholic conservative and a critic of European Union integration.
She ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1997, finishing third. She also represented western Ireland in the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004.
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