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TD's charity single failed to raise a cent from iTunes sales

A TD, who organised a group of 18 politicians to release a charity single for suicide charity Pieta House, has revealed his disappointment after it failed to raise a single cent.

Fine Gael TD Derek Keating was on the board of the charity when he decided to get a group of Oireachtas members together to sing a cover of the Simon and Garfunkel classic Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Representatives from across the political divide came together to sing the track to help raise money and awareness for Pieta House.

The charity specialises in treatment for people who have suicidal ideation, or who participate in self-harming.

Stephen Donnelly, Lucinda Creighton, Mick Wallace, Finian McGrath and Averil Power were just some of those that took part.

Mr Keating told the Herald that it was a learning experience and that after a video for the song was uploaded to YouTube it failed to secure downloads from iTunes, where it was for sale for €1.29.

"The truth of the matter is we didn't raise any money," he said. "It was my first experience doing something like that.

Christmas

"We wanted to make it number one for Christmas and we were selling the single through iTunes," he added.

Mr Keating said that a video of the song was uploaded to YouTube, which included scenes of the politicians singing their parts and it was viewed 11,000 times.

But it also meant that people failed to download the song

The musical director for the project was Jim Sheridan, while the producer was Dave Kearney.

Mr Keating and his fellow singers took to the stage of the Late Late Show ahead of Christmas 2011, as part of the promotion drive for the single.

"We made a very small amount of hard copies that were given to those who took part and some to Pieta House," Mr Keating said.

"It was very disappointing," Mr Keating said.

A spokesperson for Pieta House said that while there was no money raised from the single, it helped to raise their profile.

lbyrne@herald.ie


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