Sinéad O'Connor blames health system for son’s death

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Sinéad O'Connor has criticised mental health services after her son took his own life at the weekend.

Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor body was found last weekend, it has now transpired the 17-year-old was on suicide watch after he went missing from hospital under the care of several state mental health services.

The 55-year-old singer turned to social media where she blasted Tulsa, Ireland's state body for the welfare and wellbeing of children and families.

O’Connor tweeted: "My child has now been dead on Tusla’s watch for over 48 hours and the only contact I have had from anyone representing Tusla was yesterday from their media office, concerned for themselves over the negative publicity.

“Message to Tusla, a storm is coming that you haven’t rehearsed for. Kids are dying in your care every day. Now my kid is one of them. Big mistake."

O’Connor then went to criticise CAMHS, the NHS specialist mental health services for children and young people.

She continued on Twitter: "A month ago Shane was brought to CAMHS after vanishing leaving suicide notes including detailed funeral plans. They discharged him. Said he had no plans. When objections were raised by the adult with him she was told “planning a funeral is no different to planning a wedding”.

"If I may venture … I’ve been married more times than Zsa Zsa Ga-fucking-bor and I’m here to tell CAMHS that planning my child’s funeral is nothing remotely similar to planning his wedding. Which will now never happen. Because you’re unfit for purpose."

The singer did acknowledge the support the family had with her son’s court-appointed representative, saying: "Like to thank Colin Hall, Shane’s GAL. A gent. Adored by Shane and by me. You did your best Colin, thank you."

O’Connor also thanked the mental health service which supported Shane and his father musican Donal Lunny.

She tweeted: "I would like to thank all care staff at Riverside for the love you gave Shane. You did your best at all times. He loves you for it and so do I. Be at peace.

Also like to thank Shane’s father, Donal Lunny. You did you best too, Donal. And Shane adored you. And I will always remember how sweet you have been to him. You have been a lovely father. I am so sorry for your loss."

O’Connor announced the death of her son at the weekend saying: "My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God. May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace."

Sinéad O'Connor has since apologised for blaming people for the death of her son on social media.