Sinead O’Connor, an Irish musician, has said that her son Shane, 17, hung himself after fleeing from a hospital ‘while on suicide watch,’ vowing to ‘never forgive’ the Irish authorities who looked for him.
Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has disclosed that her 17-year-old son, who went missing from the hospital last week, committed suicide by hanging himself.
The Irish singer took to social media to describe the circumstances of her son’s death, continuing to criticize the authorities for his treatment, and claimed that he had hung himself a week prior.
The grieving mother, 55, said on Twitter yesterday that her ‘wonderful’ son Shane, whom she referred to as ‘the joy of her life,’ has ‘chosen to stop his earthly fight.’
Last night, the singer slammed Irish authorities, especially the child and family agency Tusla, for their refusal to accept responsibility,’ claiming that ‘too many kids died under their watch.’
The singer revealed that she had travelled to Tallaght, South Dublin, to identify her son’s body, who was last seen on Friday morning. He’d gone missing from the hospital the day before.
‘I have now formally identified the remains of my son, Shane,’ O’Connor stated on social media. May God pardon Ireland’s government, for I will never forgive it.
‘Now Tusla wants to talk to me about a “media release,” no doubt hoping to enlist my help in making it appear that my child’s death was not caused by the Irish state.
‘In response to international inquiries, Tusla and the HSE will issue a false statement.’ A slew of falsehoods and denials of culpability. As always, they are cloaked in their almighty and fake concern for the privacy of the children who die on their watch.
‘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. Magdalene Ireland never went away. Ask the youth.
‘And any statement out of Tusla suggesting they a) did their best b) care or c) have deepest sympathies for anyone here but their lawyers, is a load of crap trap that has killed too many kids and it isn’t going to wash this time. Too many kids are dying on Tusla’s watch.’
‘The HSE cannot comment on particular cases when doing so would divulge information about identifiable persons, infringing the ethical need for us to maintain our duty of secrecy,’ a representative for the HSE told MailOnline.
Tusla, a child and family agency, has been approached by MailOnline for comment.
Sinead’s remarks follow the release of Shane’s final photos before his death by police.
Shane was wearing a black sweatshirt with a colourful print pattern, dark tracksuit pants, a plum coloured T-shirt, and white shoes in the photo, which was part of a fresh police plea to find him.
Sinead, who changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt in 2018, paid tribute to her ‘beautiful’ son on Saturday.
In a tweet, she wrote: ‘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 was one of Sinead’s four children, along with Jake Reynolds, Roisin Waters and Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadio.
Sinead later tweeted a Bob Marley song which she dedicated to Shane, heartbreakingly describing her son as her ‘blue-eye baby’ and the ‘light of my life.
She penned: ‘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 always be together. No boundary can separate us.’
Shane went missing earlier this week and was last seen in Tallaght, South Dublin, on Friday, with Gardai launching an appeal to find the teenager.
Taking to social media after Shane went missing, Sinead threatened Tallaght Hospital with a lawsuit if ‘anything happens to my son’, alleging that her son went missing from the hospital while on suicide watch.
Gardai renewed their appeal for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Shane on Friday, writing: ‘Shane was last seen this [Friday] morning in the Tallaght, Dublin 24 area. Shane is described as being 5′ 6’ in height with short brown hair and blue eyes.
‘When last seen, he was wearing a black hoodie with a large print design in the centre, dark tracksuit pants, a wine coloured t-shirt and white runners. Gardaí are concerned for Shane’s welfare.’
The police force reportedly confirmed on Saturday that the search for Shane had been ‘stood down’ after a body had been found.
A spokesman told The Sun: ‘Following the recovery of a body in the Bray area of Wicklow on Friday, January 7, 2022, a Missing Person Appeal in respect of Shane O’Connor, 17 years, has been stood down.’
Representatives of Sinead O’Connor said: ‘Regrettably, we can confirm the passing of Shane O’Connor.
‘We politely ask for respect and appreciation for Sinead, Shane’s father and Shane’s family at this most difficult time.’
Taking to Twitter after Shane went missing, Sinead wrote: ‘Shane, your life is precious. God didn’t chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing. My world would collapse without you.
‘You are my heart. Please don’t stop it from beating. Please don’t harm yourself. Go to the Gardai and let’s get you to hospital.’
She later took to the social media platform to threaten the hospital where she said her son had been staying with a ‘lawsuit’ if ‘anything happens to my son’.
She wrote: ‘Like, 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???
‘Hospital of course so far refusing to take any responsibility. Does anything happen to my son on their watch? Lawsuits.
‘I want to know why Lynn Ward at Taillight Hospital who were supposed to have HCA’s supervise my child 24/7 have managed to let him out of their grasp this morning when 7 days ago he made two severe suicide attempts.’ (sic)
Another tweet read: ‘This is a message for my son, Shane. Shane, it’s not funny anymore all this going missing.
‘You are scaring the c**p out of me. Could you please do the right thing and present yourself at a Gardai station. If you are with Shane please call the Gardai for his safety.’