Sinead O'Connor performing on "The Late Late" anniversary show Photo by: RTE

Sinead O’Connor backs off criticism of Bono over speaking role


Sinead O'Connor performing on "The Late Late" anniversary show Photo by: RTE

Sinead O’Connor has removed Bono from her rapid line of nasty Twitter fire and is instead blaming the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs for telling her she couldn’t speak at a Monday ceremony in Dublin that honored Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

O’Connor refused to perform at the event hosted by Amnesty International Ireland after she claimed she was told to only sing and not make any remarks. 

The controversial performer then took to her Twitter account to launch a series of unprovoked attacks on U2 frontman Bono and fellow Irish humanitarian Bob Geldof, claiming they were responsible for seeking her silence, but on Wednesday she had a change of heart and now wants the matter to be dropped.

O’Connor, sending out hundreds of tweets a day under the name “Sineadoconnor16,” claimed on Wednesday morning she heard a rumor that the request to have her sing and not speak came not from Bono and Geldof, but the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“A source tells me rumor is it was dept Foreign affairs who asked colm make the call,” (sic), O’Connor tweeted, referring to Colm O’Gorman, the head of Amnesty International Ireland who told her not to speak.

“Have to remember we don’t know if us true it was dept foreign affairs .. As colm was afraid to tell me who it was.

“If true that's cowardly they should have called themselves. In fact they shouldn't have even considered asking me!!!

“Point is it was insulting to invite me at all given how whomever it was feels about me. They should just not have asked.”

O’Connor then tweeted that as far as she’s concerned the controversy she created on Twitter is “over,” as she wants to focus on a new report issued by the Irish Health Service Executive about the 196 children who died over a 10-year period while they were in Irish government care.

“I think in respect For the Children concerned in HSE report we should cease arguing about Monday it’s over,” she tweeted.

Bono and Geldof have taken the high road and refused to comment on O’Connor’s charges. She was due to sing her hit “Nothing Compares 2 U” at the show honoring Suu Kyi and claimed on Monday night that Bono and Geldof – who she called a “pair of lily livered cowards” -- attempted to gag her from saying anything else while on stage.

Bono has been a long-time supporter of Suu Kyi and was by her side throughout her brief visit to Dublin on Monday. They had spent the weekend before that at a peace forum in Oslo, Norway.  He sang the U2 song “Walk On” in her honor at the concert.

"We know there are many, many other places you could be and we understand the signal your presence here sends out and we are humbled, we are grateful,” Bono told the Burmese leader at the event.


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