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Phil Lynott mum furious as Republicans hijack song

Published 04/09/2012 | 05:00

Image Ref. No. 2206/095...Phil Lynott on Me and My Music (1976)The Philip Lynott ArchiveTx: Monday 2 January at 11.05pm on RTÉ One

THE use of the Thin Lizzy classic 'The Boys Are Back In Town' at last week's Republican national convention in the US has outraged the mother of the band's lead singer, the late Phil Lynott.

Philomena Lynott has strongly objected to the use of the song which provided backing for the arrival on stage of Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

The song from the band's 1976 album 'Jailbreak', written by Phil Lynott, was a major hit for the band.

However, his 81-year-old mother says she is opposed to the use of her son's music, by the Republican Party because of its policies on gay marriage.

"I am really upset at Philip's music being used in Mitt Romney's campaign in a political way that Philip would not have approved of," she said.

"As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti gay -- which is not something Philip would have supported.

"He had some wonderful gay friends, as indeed I do, and they deserve equal treatment in every respect whether in Ireland or the United States.''

She also stressed that her son would not have supported policies "of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich'', as proposed by Paul Ryan.

"There is no way I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of these ideas,'' she said to 'Hot Press' magazine.

Irish Independent

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