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tragic loss Sinead O’Connor emails Taoiseach demanding apology for State not attending son Shane's funeral

'I want to know why the state were not represented at my son’s funeral'


Sinead O'Connor embraces son Shane

Sinead O'Connor embraces son Shane

Sinead O'Connor embraces son Shane

Sinead O’Connor has emailed Taoiseach Michael Martin, demanding that both he and President Michael D Higgins issue an apology to her for the State's failure to attend the funeral of her son Shane.

Shane O’Connor died in by suicide earlier this year. At the time of his death, Shane was in the care of the Irish State.

The 17-year-old’s body was found in Bray just days after he went missing from Tallaght Hospital in January.

Taking to social media, Sinead shared screenshots of a lengthy email she penned to Taoiseach Michael Martin today.

“I’m Sinead O’Connor, the singer. My 17-year-old son, Shane, died while in the care of the Irish state,” she began.

“I want to know why the state were not represented at my son’s funeral and why the Irish State have a policy of non-attendance at the funerals of the scores of yearly funerals of the children who are dying in its custody.

“I want to know why no one representing the Irish State has formally either publicly or privately sent apologies or condolences to the mothers of whom the state promised to take better care of than we could.”

“I know my child wouldn’t be dead if the State had ever cared about keeping that promise,” she said.

The Hindu funeral of her son which took place on January 13 was attended only by Sinead and his father, musician Donal Lunny.

“I want answers to these questions and I want them today. And I want an undertaking from the Taoiseach TODAY that in future the funerals of all children who died in the care of the state will be represented by the presence of the state.”

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The 55-year-old continued by saying that she warned the State for four years that her “child wouldn’t make it to 18 if they didn't get their act together.

“I asked them ‘do you really want Sinead O’Connor’s son to die on your watch?’”

“Point being I have absolutely nothing left to lose and there's nothing the State can frighten me with. I’m well practised after the church reports,” she added.

Continuing in her emotion fuelled email she said the wrong woman’s child has died in the care of the Irish state and promised to “f*ck you all up so f*cking bad” if she doesn’t get a phone call from “the f*cking president.”

“On behalf of all children whose funerals the state couldn’t be bothered showing up at, like a shitty father who just can’t be ar*ed…”


Sinead O'Connor's son Shane

Sinead O'Connor's son Shane

Sinead O'Connor's son Shane

O’Connor asked for answers on behalf of “all mothers who were convinced to hand over their children to the state only to watch their children die slowly, abandoned, even after death by the presence of the state.”

She also wanted a promise that the Irish state will attend the funerals of the “kids who die on their watch.”

“[If] this doesn't happen TODAY, and also an undertaking the Irish president will personally call the parents of kids who die on his watch in future, then god didn’t send you f*ckers Sinead O’Connor for nothing.”

“I’ll take you down with me,” she added.

“The president can find my number. He owes me an apology for the fact my kid died on his watch.”

The distraught mother previously said that she would never be able to forgive the Irish state.

On Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the news of his death she shared: “I have now formally identified the remains of my son, Shane. May God forgive the Irish State for I never will.”

She 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."

“Refusals to accept responsibility. Couched as always in the omnipotent and false concern they claim to have for the privacy of the children who die on their watch.”

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this article, contact the Samaritans on 116 123; Pieta House on 1800 247 247 or text HELLO to 50808, a free 24/7 text support service for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis.

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