John Brown claims the first alleged victim and her family have made up the claims because of a dispute over the ownership of a mutual business interest and to support defamation claims the alleged victim and her mother are filing against his sister Dana Rosemary Scallon, above. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sex abuse claims against a brother of Eurovision winner Dana Rosemary Scallon were “malicious allegations” made up to destroy his credibility as a wit(...)

The court  heard how the brother of alleged sexual abuse discussed the allegations with Dana (above) at a Christian conference in the US where she was singing, two to three years after he had been told. He said: “I had a conversation with her and she told me God had forgiven him and I needed to forgive him.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A relative of a woman abused by John Brown has claimed the latter’s sister, Eurovision winner Dana Rosemary Scallon, told him at a Christian conferenc(...)

Dana Scallon had “known all along” about child sex abuse allegations against her brother John Brown despite publicly denying she knew anything about them, one of his alleged victims told an English court today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Dana Scallon had “known all along” about child sex abuse allegations against her brother despite publicly denying she knew anything about them, one of(...)

 Senator Rónán Mullen and Senator Fergal Quinn in Navan shopping centre  canvassing for votes for Mr Mullen  in the European elections. Photograph: Alan Betson

“I’m not in anyone’s pocket,” says Senator Rónán Mullen to a couple in Navan shopping centre as he strives to get himself “more well known” among the (...)

St Joseph’s Home, Termonbacca, in Derry. The inquiry into historical institutional abuse at this and another Derry home began in January. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Three former residents at two Derry homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth have spoken positively at the North’s historical abuse inquiry about the care(...)

Monstrous: Peter Coonan as Fran in the opening episode of the new series of ‘Love/Hate’

The opening scene of the new series of Love/Hate (RTÉ One, Sunday) was one of the best in a strong episode: it succinctly showed the strengths of the (...)

Diana Nyad emerges from the Atlantic Ocean after completing her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad (64) is the first swimmer to make the swim through the Florida Straits from Cuba to the Florida Keys without the security of a shark cage. This was her fifth attempt at the approximately 110-mile swim. Photograph:  Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/Getty Images

American 64-year-old long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad became the first person to swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba without a shark cage las(...)

When Dana took to the stage to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam in 1970, she wore a pretty white dress with a Celt(...)

Winner: Dana celebrates after winning the 1970 competition, in Amsterdam. Photograph: Keystone/Getty

On May 20th, 2008, in Belgrade during the first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Irish entry was booed off the stage. At the end o(...)