Sinead O’Connor’s fury in the state after the tragic death of his son


Sinead O’Connor paid a heartbreaking tribute to his ‘step-son’ Shane by asking how the 17-year-old was allowed to disappear from a hospital – in the days leading up to his death.

The teenager’s body was found between Shankill, in south Dublin, and his hometown of Bray, County Wicklow on Friday.

In a tweet published early yesterday morning, the singer recounted how her “step-son” sadly committed suicide.

Sinead O’Connor paid a heart-wrenching tribute to her ‘step-son’ Shane by asking how the 17-year-old was allowed to disappear from a hospital.

She wrote: “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, has 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. ‘

She then posted a link to a song by Bob Marley with the words, “This is for my Shaney. The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eyed baby. You will always be my light. We will be my light. always together No border can separate us.

In an appeal Thursday, Gardaí said they “were seeking the public’s help in locating the whereabouts of Shane, who had been missing from Newbridge, County Kildare, since January 6. Gardaí said he had been last seen in the Tallaght area that morning and were concerned for his well-being.

However, An Garda Síochána suspended its search on Friday after recovering Shane’s remains in the Bray area.

After her disappearance, Ms O’Connor posted a series of increasingly desperate messages on social media urging her to make contact with gardaí.

In a message, she said, “Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing. My world would fall apart without you. You are my heart. Please. , don’t stop him from beating. Please don’t hurt yourself. Go to the Gardaí and we’ll take you to the hospital. ‘

“May God forgive the Irish state because I never will. “

Shane O’Connor: The teenager’s body was found between Shankill, in south Dublin, and his hometown of Bray, County Wicklow on Friday.

The singer also struck at Tallaght University Hospital where she said he received treatment. She asked how a young “traumatized” could have disappeared.

She tweeted: “Is something happening to my son while they are watching?” Lawsuits. ‘

After the discovery of her son’s body, the singer also asked why the state Children’s and Family Agency Tusla had not informed her of her son’s death.

Ms O’Connor said she was made aware of his tragic death by gardaí, but received no contact from Tusla despite being in state custody when he went missing .

The singer tweeted: “26 hours after my son died in the so-called Irish state care in the form of Tusla, I have yet to receive any contact from Tusla or their representatives. I have been informed by gardaí of my son’s death… No contact from Tusla is unacceptable. ‘

Just last night, she came back to Twitter to say: ‘I have now formally identified the remains of my son, Shane. God forgive the Irish state because I never will.’

She added: I will now take some time to mourn my son.

It wasn’t the first time Shane had gone missing. On November 29, Gardaí appealed after the teenager’s disappearance, before he was found two days later.

Sinéad O'Connor
After the discovery of her son’s body, the singer also asked why the state Children’s and Family Agency Tusla had not informed her of her son’s death. Photo: Getty

Singer Shane MacGowan, a longtime friend of Ms O’Connor, yesterday paid a moving tribute to the teenager who bears her name.

In an online article, the former Pogues frontman described Shane as a “handsome boy” who was much loved.

Mr MacGowan wrote: “Sinéad you have always been there for me and for so many people, in this world you have been a comfort and you have been a soul that is not afraid to feel the pain of suffering and you always tried to heal and help.

‘I pray and Victoria pray that you can be comforted now and find strength, healing and peace in your own grief and loss, he was a beautiful boy and I loved him and I pray that he could to be at peace and also to be able to stay connected with you.

One of Shane’s former teachers, Emer O’Neill, the most recent presenter of RTÉ’s Today Show, also shared his anguish upon hearing of his death. She wrote on Twitter: “I’m sorry for your loss @ohsineady. I was her teacher here in Bray. I loved this boy. I think about the family.

Shane O’Connor was Sinéad’s second youngest child. Her father is Dónal Lunny, one of Ireland’s most admired traditional music stars and is best known for performing with Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts.

Shane O’Connor was Sinéad’s second youngest child.

Speaking about his relationship with his children with Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show last January, the father-of-four described how the pandemic and lockdowns have been especially difficult for teens who were missing key moments in their teenage years.

Mr Lunny told Tubridy: ‘In Dublin within earshot I have my daughter Cora and my son Shane.

“We don’t see each other and we just walk up and down the road, so we might as well be far away from each other. So it’s tricky. It’s hard.’

Ms. O’Connor’s other children are: Jake, 33, whose father is Sinéad’s ex-husband John Reynolds; Róisín, 25, whose father is journalist John Waters; and Yeshua, 15, whose father is American businessman Frank Bonadio.

In response to questions regarding Shane’s care at Tallaght University Hospital, the HSE said it could not comment on individual cases “when it could reveal information relating to identifiable persons, violating the ethical requirement that obliges us to respect our duty of confidentiality ‘.

The HSE has also provided a link to the services of the National Suicide Prevention Office.

Tusla also said he couldn’t comment on Ms O’Connor’s tweets when contacted.


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