Sunday 28 December 2014

Websites remove Sinead O'Connor post after getting legal letter

Singer blogged about movie director Sheridan

Donal Lynch

Published 02/03/2014 | 02:30

GONE:Websites have deleted all references to a blog post Sinead O’Connor wrote about film director Jim Sheridan
GONE:Websites have deleted all references to a blog post Sinead O’Connor wrote about film director Jim Sheridan
Sinead O'Connor at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
Jim Sheridan at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
Sinead O'Connor at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
David Byrne at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
Barry Keoghan at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
Margaret O'Meara, Damien Dempsey at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
Damien Dempsey at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
Damien Dempsey at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
John Connors at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
John Connors, Kath Monahan at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
Barry Keoghan at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum
James Collins, Michael Collins at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum

SEVERAL Irish news websites, including RTE.ie, have removed stories relating to a blog post Sinead O'Connor wrote about Jim Sheridan following correspondence from a solicitor acting for the film director.

O'Connor wrote the post on her own website following an encounter with Sheridan at the Irish premiere of the film Stalker, which took place in Dundrum on Wednesday.

RTE.ie carried details of O'Connor's post and a hyperlink to the post itself, while websites entertainment.ie, broadsheet.ie and sundayworld.com all carried articles giving details of the post and the spat between O'Connor and Sheridan.

Those articles have now been removed and O'Connor has removed the post from her own website. The letter received by Broadsheet.ie described O'Connor's post as "grossly offensive, defamatory and attention-seeking".

O'Connor and Sheridan have a long history together. The Irish singer performed the song Thief Of Your Heart – written by Bono and Gavin Friday – on the soundtrack for Sheridan's 1993 film In The Name Of The Father. The film received five Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Director for Sheridan.

Sheridan's solicitor confirmed yesterday that the film director is "considering further action" in relation to the article on RTE.ie, specifically because the national broadcaster's website carried a direct link to the O'Connor blog post. He also confirmed that "some international websites", including websites based in Canada and the US, had carried coverage of the blog post. The same solicitor said that he had not been instructed to send a letter to Sinead O'Connor on the matter.

The singer has since written another blog post on her website in which she says that, contrary to another recent blog post, she will not be renewing her marriage vows with her fourth husband, Barry Herridge. In the post O'Connor says that she "doesn't intend to live like a nun" and intends to have "meaningless sex" in "safe environments with safe people".

RTE declined to comment. Jim Sheridan could not be reached for comment.

Sunday Independent

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