Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Sinead O'Connor song taken off Real IRA website

A Sinead O'Connor song used on a recruiting video by a group linked to the Real IRA has been removed from its website.

Sinead's version of traditional ballad She Moved Through the Fair was used by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement (32CSM), politically aligned to the RIRA, as a background track for a video outlining the group's objectives.

The Real IRA was responsible for the Omagh bombing which killed 29 people and for a shooting attack at Massereene Barracks in March in which two young soldiers were killed.

Sinead's manager Fachtna O'Ceallaigh said yesterday: “They are not authorised to use the song.

“We will be in touch with them to remove it.”

The song was taken off the video, on the YouTube website, after Sinead's manager contacted the 32CSM chairman Francie Mackey. Mr O'Ceallaigh said: “I am appreciative of the fact that the material was removed as soon as the issue was raised.”

Sinead's song has been replaced on the website by an upbeat, instrumental tune.

The video says that the the 32CSM is not a political party and that the cause of conflict is Britain's refusal to recognise “the integrity of Irish sovereignty”.

It features a picture of a masked man holding an AK-47 assault rifle and says the group “upholds the right of the Irish people to resort to arms in defence of our national sovereignty”.

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