Women in Music 2016

Sinead O'Connor Won't Be Joining Irish Republican Party -- Here's Why

Nicole Nodland
Sinead O'Connor photographed by Nicole Nodland on July 17, 2014 at Brunswick Studios in London. 

Although she said last month she was interested in joining the Irish republican party Sinn Fein, Sinead O'Connor announced she won't become a formal member right now.

The singer broke the news in a candid Facebook post, in which she described meeting with members of the left-wing party and ultimately deciding she'd be more useful on the outside.

"They persuaded me that I'd be bored shitless, pretty much waiting for them to get into government before being able to help generate any national discussion on the issue of ending partition," she wrote of her meeting with the party's Sinead Nii Bhrion and Ken O'Connell. O'Connor notes she can express herself more freely "working alongside" the party, rather than as an official member.

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O'Connor is a vocal supporter of ending Ireland's partition, which split the island into Northern Ireland and Ireland following Britain's Government of Ireland Act 1920.

She continues:

"There aren't any plans for such national discussion to be generated in the Republic anytime soon, which seems pretty silly when you consider the fact that we're all going to have to vote on the issue at some point, according to the terms of The Good Friday Agreement."

"I think Sinn Fein could risk being braver," she concludes.

O'Connor released her most recent album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, in Aug. 2014. Check out her Billboard cover story here.