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Michelin to examine Dana's punctured tyre

Dana's tyre
Image caption The tyre on Dana's campaign car had more than 12 punctures

Michelin are to examine a tyre belonging to the campaign car of Irish presidential candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon after it blew on a journey to Dublin.

A police investigation found no evidence of criminal damage to the rear tyre, which had sustained 12 punctures.

It burst last Tuesday night as Ms Scallon travelled from County Leitrim to Dublin.

The tyre has now been passed to Michelin for assessment.

There were four people in the car when the tyre blew, including Ms Scallon's husband Damien, who was driving, and her brother Gerald Brown.

Ms Scallon had notified gardai about the incident, after she was informed that the tyre could have been deliberately cut.

She is one of seven people running for the Irish presidency.

The others are Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, Michael D Higgins of Labour, Fine Gael's Gay Mitchell and Independents Sean Gallagher and Mary Davis and Senator David Norris.

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