Tuesday 25 June 2019

Sinead O’Connor: 'I'm an ideas person and 1916 isn't finished'

Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Singer Sinead O’Connor has called for a revolution to create a unified Ireland.

The Nothing Compares 2 U songstress explained her recent flip flop into the political world, referencing her decision to join Sinn Fein in December before withdrawing her application in January.

Speaking to Brendan O’Connor on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio One this morning, she explained: “I went to Sinn Fein because I had, what I think was a good idea and the most respectful thing I could do with that idea was bring it to them.

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Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor

“I'm not a politician, but I'm an ideas person. It struck me when I saw how the State was responding to the water protests in particular – there’s something very wrong and I wondered what it was and I thought about it for a while and realised that actually. 1916 isn't finished.

“What was promised in that proclamation hasn't happened. “

“They persuaded me that I'd be bored s***less, pretty much waiting for them to get into government before being able to help generate any national discussion on the issue of ending partition,” she said of her decision at the time."It was said to me that people like myself are more useful 'working alongside' since we can say what we like," she added.

O’Connor appears to have taken their advice and using her profile to raise awareness of what she perceives as national issues.

Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O'Connor

Ms O’Connor went on to urge unification of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland through non-violent means.

“It struck me that we really need to take our country, not violently. We're subject, in the free state, to everybody up North dictating the time frame in which we can begin conversations about unification,” she added.

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“The idea that I have, which I think is a good idea, [is that] we perhaps, down here, get off our butts and take our country - not violently - and not let ourselves be under the time frame of everybody up North.

“We can’t have sovereignty until we’re one country.

“It'd be great if it wasn't Ireland or Northern Ireland, if it was a new name and it was a new country altogether. “

Sinead O'Connor on stage
Sinead O'Connor on stage

She said the today’s issues cannot be resolved without “solving problems” from 1916.

“What I'd love us in the Free State to talking about and caring about unifying as a country. At the moment, all that's on offer is the Good Friday agreement.

“Even under the terms of that, when there's a vote, if it fails, there won't be another one for seven years so I would like us to start talking about it so we can fix matters quickly.

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“You can't solve problem 2015 without solving problem 1916.

“1916 is not finished. It never finished. And I think the three subsequent wars - what's going on in the north now, the civil war and the war of independence, they're still here. We're still voting in the same parties.

When asked by O’Connor if she would consider spreading her message through, she explained that she can be more than an artist, but reiterated she is an “ideas” person.

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