The death of Sinead O’Connor’s son will be referred to the National Review Panel (NRP) for investigation.
The singer announced the death of her 17-year-old son, Shane, on Twitter on Saturday (8 January). Shane hanged himself after escaping from the hospital ‘while on suicide watch.
She wrote: “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.”
O’Connor went on to question how her teenage son had been allowed to leave Tallaght hospital in Dublin.
In a post on social media, O’Connor wrote: ”Now Tusla want to discuss with me ”a media release” no doubt wishing to have me join in their efforts to make this death of my child seem like it wasn’t at the hands of the Irish State.
‘Tusla and HSE to release dishonest statement in response to international questioning. A load of lies, refusals to accept responsibility. Couched as always in the omnipotent and false concern they claim to have for the privacy of the children who die on their watch.’
‘I’m going to take private time now to grieve my son. When I am ready I will be telling exactly how the Irish State in the ignorant, evil, self-serving, lying forms of Tusla and the HSE enabled and facilitated his death. Magdalene Ireland never went away. Ask the youth.’
‘And any statement out of Tusla suggesting they a) did their best b) care or c) have deepest sympathies for anyone here but their lawyers, is a load of crap trap that has killed too many kids and it isn’t going to wash this time. Too many kids are dying on Tusla’s watch.’
Shane had been reported missing two days before his death. O’Connor had previously said he was “on suicide watch” at the Tallaght Hospital.
It has now been reported by The Irish Times that Shane’s death will be referred to the NRP for investigation.
The NRP was established in 2010 to investigate serious incidents, including the deaths of children in care and/or known to the child protection system.