Sinéad O’Connor calls out ‘evil’ Irish state and hospital after teenage son’s death

‘May God forgive the Irish State for I never will,’ posted singer

Ellie Harrison
Monday 10 January 2022 10:50
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Sinead O'Connor's 17-year-old son Shane O’Connor has been found dead
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Sinéad O’Connor has condemned the Irish state after the death of her 17-year-old son, Shane.

The singer announced the news of her teenage son’s death on Twitter in the early hours of 8 January, writing: “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God.

“May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.”

Shane had been reported missing two days before his death. O’Connor had previously said Shane was “on suicide watch” at the Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.

In a new series of tweets on the evening of 8 January, O’Connor has fiercely criticised the Irish health service HSE, the child and family agency Tusla and the Irish state overall.

“26 hours after my son died in the so called care of the Irish State in the form of Tusla, I have yet to receive any contact from Tusla or their representatives. I was informed by Gardai of my son’s death and later I spoke with the GAL [guardian ad litem, a court-appointed guardian who represents the best interests of a child]. No contact from Tusla is unacceptable,” she wrote in her first tweet.

O’Connor later posted: “I have now formally identified the remains of my son, Shane. May God forgive the Irish State for I never will.”

The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer added: “Now tusla want to discuss with me ‘a media release’ no doubt wishing to have me join in their efforts to make this death of my child seem like it wasn’t at the hands of the Irish State.”

Other tweets called the Irish state, Tusla and the HSE “evil” and “self-serving”. See the rest of the posts below.

The Independent has contacted Tusla for comment.

In a statement released to The Independent, a HSE spokesperson said: “The HSE cannot comment on individual cases when to do so might reveal information in relation to identifiable individuals, breaching the ethical requirement on us to observe our duty of confidentiality.”

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