“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.” (US Oath Of Allegience)
Dana’s sister Susan Stein also stood over claims she made during the court case that her sister had taken out US citizenship prior to her first tilt at the presidency in 1997.
She said a decision was made that Ms Scallon would not reveal her US citizenship during that campaign unless asked, as it was feared that this could hurt her chances. Ms Scallon denied her sister’s claims last night.
However, she was unable to provide conclusive proof of the date she received citizenship. In a statement to the Irish Independent, she insisted that she did not become a US citizen until 1999.
“My US passport was renewed in 2009. It is a 10-year passport expiring in 2019. The US issue a standard 10-year passport. My first US passport was issued in 1999,” she said. Ms Scallon said that she had made it clear to US officials that she could not renounce her Irish citizenship.
Presidential Candidate Dana’s Family Split After Money Row (Shane Phelan, Greg Harkin, Sam Smyth, Irish Independent)