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Phil Lynott's mum upset after Romney campaign uses Thin Lizzy track

Philomena Lynott has objected to the Romney campaign’s use of ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’ during the Republican National Convention last week.

Philomena in front of the statue of her son on the corner of Grafton Street in Dublin in 2005.
Philomena in front of the statue of her son on the corner of Grafton Street in Dublin in 2005.
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THE MOTHER OF former Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott has objected to the Mitt Romney campaign’s use of the band’s hit song ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ at its convention last week.

The Republican presidential candidate’s running mate Paul Ryan arrived on stage the Republican National Convention in Florida last week with the hit song playing in the background:

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But Philomena Lynott told Hot Press she was not happy about the development: “I am really upset at Philip’s music being used in Mitt Romney’s campaign in a political way that Philip would not have approved of.”

She cited Romney’s opposition to gay marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples which she said “makes him anti-gay” and that is something that her son, who died in 1986 at aged 36, would not have supported.

She told the magazine: “He had some wonderful gay friends, as indeed I do, and they deserve equal treatment in every respect, whether in Ireland or the United States.

Lynott added that her son would also not have supported tax policies being advocated by vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and said that the fact that the Romney campaign had used the song was “deeply upsetting”.

The 81-year-old is a best-selling author having written the autobiography, My Boy, which detailed the life and times of her and her son when he was growing up in the UK and Ireland in the 1950s.

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