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Dec 9, 2014 10:26 AM

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor joining Sinn Fein

The Associated Press

DUBLIN (AP) Sinead O'Connor, long a critic of church and state in Ireland, says she's joining the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein party and wants its leaders to step aside for younger voices free of IRA connections.

The 48-year-old singer, who recently released her 10th album "I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss," says Sinn Fein is the only left-wing party able to steer Ireland toward social equality.

But O'Connor says senior figures Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, who oversaw the outlawed Irish Republican Army, should retire. The 66-year-old Adams has led Sinn Fein since 1983.

She told Facebook followers: "There'd be a zillion percent increase in membership of Sinn Fein if the leadership were handed over to those born from 1983-1985 onward and no one associated in people's minds with frightful things."


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