Longtime Irish pop singer Sinead O’Connor recently revealed that her 17-year-old son passed away, and the details have left her feeling horrified, and led to her blaming the “Irish State” for the horrific tragedy.
“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,” O’Connor said in a tweet on Friday.
“May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example,” the musician continued, adding, “My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.”
Ireland’s national police service issued a press release requesting information concerning the young man’s whereabouts following his reported disappearance.
However, the Washington Examiner reported that the body of O’Connor’s son was discovered days after the teenager had gone missing from a medical facility, a development for which she blamed her country’s government.
“May God forgive the Irish State for I never will,” O’Connor subsequently announced in a tweet on Saturday morning.
“How has a seventeen year old traumatised young person WHO WAS ON SUICIDE WATCH in Tallaght Hosptial’s Lynn Ward been able to go missing???” she demanded. “Hospital of course so far refusing to take any responsibility.”
Condolences pour in
O’Connor also took issue with Tusla, an Irish governmental entity “responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children.”
“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,” she tweeted.
“I’m going to take private time now to grieve my son. When I am ready I will be telling exactly how the Irish State in the ignorant, evil, self-serving, lying forms of Tusla and the HSE enabled and facilitated his death.”
News of the tragedy produced an outpouring of sympathy online, with musician Mike Scott tweeting, “Condolences to Sinéad O’Connor and Dónal Lunny, parents of 17-year-old Shane who it has been announced today has died.”
Radio broadcaster Alison Curtis spoke up as well, declaring, “Heart is broken for Sinead O’Connor and her family.”