‘I failed my child’ Sinead O’Connor says son planned his funeral before taking own life

Sinead O’Connor shares tribute as her teenage son Shane dies

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Sinead O’Connor, 55, has revealed more about her teenage son’s death in a string of tweets which claim Shane planned his own funeral before taking his own life aged 17. 

Sinead confirmed her son’s death in the early hours of Saturday morning.

In new updates, Sinead claims Shane was discharged from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) one month ago after he left a “suicide note” and “detailed funeral plans”. 

The singer wrote: “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’. 

“That was the CAMHS psychiatrist. Welcome to Ireland. Where weddings are funerals and funerals are weddings. Apparently.

“If I may venture … I’ve been married more times than Zsa Zsa Ga-f***ing-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.”

In a follow-up tweet in the early hours of Monday morning, the heartbroken mother said she had “failed” her son.

She penned: “FYI please don’t imagine I am less than keenly aware I failed my child, alongside Tusla and the HSE and the Irish State.

“And alongside others in his life who shall forever remain publicly nameless. We all know who we are.

“We all failed him.”

Following the death of her son, Sinead said she will “never forgive” the Irish state, as she learnt that Shane took his own life after going missing from a hospital in Dublin last week.

The Nothing Compares 2 U singer has also criticised the Irish health service and child support service, Tusla.

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Shane had been reported missing two days before his death.

His mother said he was “on suicide watch” at the Dublin hospital after trying to take his own life twice in the space of a week.

A spokesperson for HSE told Express.co.uk: “The HSE cannot comment on individual cases when to do so might reveal information in relation to identifiable individuals, breaching the ethical requirement on us to observe our duty of confidentiality.”

Express.co.uk has also contacted Tusla for comment.

Shane is Sinead’s third child, who she shared with musician Donal Lunny.   

Yesterday, she took the opportunity to send a heartfelt message to Shane’s father. 

She wrote: “Thank Shane’s father, Donal Lunny. You did your best too, Donal. And Shane adored you. 

“I will always remember how sweet you have been to him. You have been a lovely father. I am so sorry for your loss.”  

If you or someone you know has been affected by this story, Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. 

Alternatively, you can find more information on the Samaritans website. 

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