Sinead O'Connor: 'I wish England had never left Ireland... the church took over and it was disastrous'
SINGER Sinead O’Connor has said she wishes Ireland had remained under British rule.
O’Connor was interviewed for a new BBC documentary, The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities, which charts the lives and careers of some of the biggest-selling acts in Irish rock, punk and pop, from Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy to The Undertones and U2, in Belfast and Dublin.
The Nothing Compares 2 U star said she “couldn’t wait” to leave her home country when she finally secured a record deal and moved to London.
“I deliberately never looked behind me out the window of the plane,” she said.
The mother of four also said she believed Ireland would have been better off if it had remained under British rule and out of the grip of the Catholic Church.
“Frankly, I wish England had never left Ireland,” she said.
“I think we would be a lot better off. We were going to be colonised by someone, and as it happened the coloniser who took over was the church and that was disastrous.
“If the Brits hadn’t left that wouldn’t have happened.”
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Her brother, author Joseph O’Connor, told the documentary that he believes our famously mouthy musicians are responsible for helping to transform Ireland.
“I think Ireland couldn’t have been transformed without that sort of group of musicians – U2 and the Boomtown Rats and Sinead O’Connor, my sister, and the earlier people like Rory Gallagher,” he said.
“I think those people changed their country and changed their society for the better and they had a
lot of fun while they were doing it.”