Warning: This article discusses mental health issues and suicide and may be distressing for some readers.
Sinead O'Connor is mourning the loss of her 17-year-old son Shane who was found dead days after he went missing from an Irish hospital, where he was reportedly on suicide watch.
The singer is pointing the finger at Irish authorities on Twitter, blaming the Irish health service HSE along with the child and family agency Tulsa for her child's death, accusing them of "refusing to accept responsibility".
"I have now formally identified the remains of my son, Shane. May God forgive the Irish state for I never will," she tweeted after announcing her son's death, which was confirmed by police.
"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," she wrote in another tweet.
O'Connor claimed "the Irish state in the ignoring, evil, self-serving, lying forms of Tulsa and the HSE" had "enabled and facilitated" her child's death.
She also warned 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," she added.
An HSE spokesperson in a statement said it couldn't comment on individual cases "when to do so might reveal information in relation to identifiable individuals", therefore breaching its ethical requirement to observe its duty of confidentiality.
On January 7, before news of the teenagers death, the 'Nothing Compares 2 U' singer questioned how a "17-year-old traumatised young person" who was "on suicide watch" was able to go missing from a hospital ward.
The mother-of-four also directly addressed her missing son at the time, writing: "Shane, your life is precious."
"God didn't chisel that beautiful smile on your beautiful face for nothing. My world would collapse without you," she added.
"You are my heart. Please don't stop it from beating. Please don't harm yourself. Go to the Gardai and let's get you to hospital."
O'Connor went on to remember her son as "the light of her life" and her "blue-eye baby".
"We will always be together. No boundary can separate us," she tweeted.
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- Shine (domestic violence) - 0508 744 633
- Women's Refuge - 0800 733 843 (0800 REFUGE)
- Need to Talk? - Call or text 1737
- What's Up - 0800 WHATS UP (0800 942 8787)
- Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
- Youthline - 0800 376 633, text 234, email email@example.com or online chat
- Samaritans - 0800 726 666
- Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757
- Suicide Crisis Helpline - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
- Shakti Community Council - 0800 742 584