Krista Siegfrids and Loreen may fancy themselves as political activists following their high-profile support of marriage equality and Pussy Riot respectively. But they’re amateurs compared to Ireland’s first Eurovision winner Dana. While her beliefs may be on the opposite side of the political spectrum to Krista’s and Loreen’s, Dana is still undeniably the Queen Bee when it comes to making her political views known.

Following two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, a stint in the European Parliament and a period presenting Christian talk shows in America, Dana is back in the limelight once again. In her role as self-appointed moral guardian of Ireland, Dana has climbed back atop her soapbox to express her thoughts on abortion.

Currently all abortions in Ireland are illegal. However, the government intends to introduce new laws which will permit the termination of a pregnancy in certain very limited circumstances where the mother’s life is at risk. The issue has proved to be very divisive, resulting in several Pro Life marches in opposition to the bill, the most recent of which was attended by an estimated 50,000 people. So far four government TDs have been expelled from their party for failing to back the legislation, while there is a possibility that several more will be exiled before the bill is passed on Wednesday. Despite this opinion polls have shown that the majority of the population support the legislation.

So what does Dana have to say on the matter? Well, in her opinion to “decriminalise abortion” is a “contradiction of the most fundamental principle of the legal system; the principle that human life is to be safeguarded and defended at all times”, for “the right to life is the foundation of all other human rights.”

She has criticised Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny saying that “there is no legal or constitutional obligation for Enda Kenny or any other politician to legislate for the deliberate killing of an unborn child and there is no medical evidence to support this radical change to how we treat our mothers and their children” and “The taking of an innocent and defenceless human life can never be justified”. She feels that the Government should respect “the democratic and constitutional right of the people” to have the a referendum on the matter.

It is highly unlikely that the Government will pay any heed to the “All Kinds of Everything” singer’s intervention, and the legislation looks set to pass with relative ease.

Meanwhile, the “Christian Celebrity” (her words not mine) will be preparing for her forthcoming autumn tour of the Holy Land. I guess that rules out an appearance alongside the plethora of other Eurovision stars at Stockholm Pride. What a shame!

Padraig Jude contributed this report from Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PadraigJude. And while you’re at it, like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip.

Photo: The Irish Times

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Angus Quinn
Angus Quinn

Is she consciously styling herself on Umbridge or is it just me?

Zachary Thomas

You’d think with all the postcards towriteshe wouldn’t have so much free time on her hands.