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Sinead O'Connor seeks talks with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein recruit is keen to discuss 'new country' and 'a private matter'

By Donal Lynch

Published 15/12/2014

Sinead O'Connor has joined Sinn Fein
Sinead O'Connor has joined Sinn Fein
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

New high profile Sinn Fein recruit Sinead O'Connor is seeking a meeting with party leader Gerry Adams to discuss the "creation of a new country" and "a private matter".

The singer was speaking after Mr Adams welcomed her into the party's fold - but as long as she passes Sinn Fein's "probationary period".

The outspoken musician, who has been 'ordained' as a female bishop, and who formally applied to join Sinn Fein last week, said: "I would not expect to be treated differently to any other applicant.

"I am also aware that one doesn't get to quickly meet with the leaders of a party one has just applied to join.

"I have been blasting my mouth off in the hope that doing so might help me to more quickly meet privately with Gerry Adams to discuss two matters, one of which is the specific reason I've publicly given for wanting to join Sinn Fein, which is the creation of a new country. I would love a meeting as soon as possible."

O'Connor said the second subject she wanted to discuss with Mr Adams is "a personal one", but stressed this is not a matter she has spoken about to date.

The singer said she is "ecstatic" to be considered for membership, and added she believes terrorism made the Irish people afraid to be republicans.

"I do not support the use of terrorism under any circumstances. I absolutely condemn all acts of terrorism, past, present or future.

"I also absolutely condemn the carrying out or covering up of sexual crimes," the singer said.

Last week she called on the "elders of Sinn Fein" to make the "supreme sacrifice and step down."

Yesterday, she said, "To me, it's more practical to join Sinn Fein and ask elders to leave than it is not to join at all.

"It's about reframing what it is to be a republican in 2014."

Yesterday, Mr Adams said: "Everyone is entitled to their opinions.

"I am a big admirer of Sinead O'Connor, going back a very, very long time."

The singer has long been a controversial figure, inciting outrage with comments about child abuse in the Catholic Church and particularly when she tore up a picture of the then pope John Paul II live on US television.

In the late 1990s, Bishop Michael Cox of the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church (an Independent Catholic group not in communion with the Catholic Church) ordained O'Connor as a priest.

The Catholic Church considers ordination of women to be invalid and asserts that a person attempting the sacrament of ordination upon a woman incurs excommunication.

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