Sinead is back, Ireland’s leading top Journalist. Logic only, no Fools Tolerated…cannot grasp why nobody is talking about why the DPP said there was not enough evidence? Is there some blame to be put at the door of An Garda Siochana and their lack of performance. What about the missing evidence 20+ items? We all know about the missing blood stained Gate which also went missing.

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Sinead O’Connor opens up about ‘difficult’ meeting with Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey has consistently denied any involvement in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case which has recently become international news again thanks to two major documentary series on Sky and Netflix 

Sinead O'Connor and Ian Bailey
Sinead O’Connor and Ian Bailey

Sinead O’Connor has said she met Ian Bailey because she wanted to ask him questions surrounding the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case in person.

The iconic singer and the man who was the prime suspect in the murder of the French woman in West Cork in 1996 spent almost six hours together earlier this week.

Ian Bailey has consistently denied any involvement in the case which has recently become international news again thanks to two major documentary series on Sky and Netflix.

O’Connor and Bailey were snapped sharing lunch outside a restaurant in the village of Glengarriff a photo that O’Connor says she was told was “for a friend of Ian Bailey”.

“I was told that a photo was being taken by a friend. I don’t have any problem seeing that photo used in newspapers, I do have a problem with him telling people I’m going to use his poems for songs,” she told CorkBeo.

 

“When I was talking to him, Ian Bailey suggested we go into Bantry to get our photo taken by a professional the next day, there was no way I was going to do that,” she said.

Sinead, who has recently written her acclaimed autobiography ‘Rememberings’ , said she asked to meet Bailey because she wanted to ask him – face to face – “five key questions that I don’t think any journalist has ever put to him”.

“I am writing for the Sunday Independent, and I want to write about this, I wanted to talk to him, so I did get in contact with him.”

She said their time together was sometimes ‘difficult’ as she tried to press him on the questions she believes he should be asked.

But while she says their conversation and interaction at times got intense and she felt that she was putting Ian Bailey “under pressure” with her questions, there was no major row.

Ian Bailey told The Star newspaper that O’Connor had contacted him because; “She has become aware of my poetry and she was interested in my poetry with a view to turning one or two of them into songs — and that’s really what it was about”.

However, Sinead O’Connor told CorkBeo: “He is saying I wanted to put his poems to music, we did talk about his work, I did think that was a way for me to start a conversation with him, but I’ve no intention of using his poems for anything.

“I don’t know if he thinks that was manipulation, but I was determined to ask the questions I wanted to put to him.”

Sinead said she feels her first question to him was the key one: “The first question was; ‘What do you think should happen to whoever killed Sophie?”.

The singer, now a columnist with the Sunday Independent, says she pressed on with her questions despite what she says was increasing tension.

“I asked him; ‘What would you say to that person [who killed Sophie] if they were here now?”

Sinead says her final question was almost a challenge to Ian Bailey, asking him to make a public appeal.

“I asked him why he has never made a public appeal for the real killer to come forward – I don’t believe he has ever done this,” she said.

“In the end, I did get him on camera, making that appeal,” she says.

The singer has since returned home to Wicklow after deciding that she wanted to spend no more time in West Cork.

When asked if she would meet with Ian Bailey again, she said: “No, I did what I wanted to. I asked him the questions I believe every journalist should be asking him. I saw his reaction.”

The singer says she plans to write a full account of their meeting.

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