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Ms O’Connor claimed she wanted to join Sinn Féin because she wanted to reframe what it means to be a republican

Ms O’Connor claimed she wanted to join Sinn Féin because she wanted to reframe what it means to be a republican

Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O'Connor

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Ms O’Connor claimed she wanted to join Sinn Féin because she wanted to reframe what it means to be a republican

Sinead O'Connor has written a new national anthem for Ireland, calling the lyrics of the current national tune "awful" and "very war-like".

The singer's rewriting comes after she announced that she had applied to be a member of Sinn Féin, calling on Gerry Adams and other key figures in the party to stand down because their faces "reminded people of violence".

She said she would like to see the Irish republic disbanded and replaced with a wholly new country that unites greater Ireland and banishes its violent past to the history books.

In a Facebook post, O'Connor said that the current anthem, "Amhrán na bhFiann" or "The Soldiers' Song", was "very war-like and also all testosterone and not much oestrogen".

Read The Full Interview With Sinead O'Connor Here

O'Connor said she wrote to Taoiseach Enda Kenny this year about the possibility of staging a competition to change the anthem's lyrics. However, she claims that the Irish leader wrote back: "There are no plans to change it".

O'Connor said her inspiration came from the 1916 Easter Rising and that "99.8 percent" of her lyrics came from the 1916 Proclamation.

In her interview, O'Connor criticised the current state of Ireland and called for the creation of a new country.

"We can do better than having a new republic; we can have a new country," she said. "I think that's a good way of solving all of the problems of the past. The best thing would be to declare the entire thing a failure and dissociate ourselves from Ireland, England, Northern Ireland and Europe. I'm talking about a new country.

Explaining her decision to join Sinn Féin, O'Connor said she wanted to start a new and productive conversation about Ireland's future.

"If the loyalists and the republicans were to get together and fight on our side, we could create something much better than anything anyone’s ever dreamed of before, which would be a new country that is completely independent from anybody."

A response from Sinn Féin about O'Connor's comments on the leadership and her membership read: "The Sinn Féin membership elects its leadership every year at its Ard Fheis. Members are free to nominate and vote for the leader of their choice. As a member, Sinead would have an equal say in that process.

"Sinead O'Connor is not currently a member of Sinn Féin, though she has applied for membership of the party."

Sinead O'Connor's alternative national anthem:

 

We declare our right

to ownership of this land

to be sovereign

and indefeasible.

Nothing has extinguished that right

nor can it be extinguished

except by

the destruction of the people

 

We were promised civil liberty

equal rights and equal opportunity

All lies galore, all we ever got was war

Now we chant for a new country

 

And we place our cause

before The Most High God

whose blessings

we invoke upon our hearts

In this supreme hour

let us by our valour

prove worthy

of our august destiny

 

We were promised civil liberty

equal rights and equal opportunity

All lies galore, all we ever got was war.

Now we chant for a new country.


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