Chris de Burgh slams 'appalling' treatment of old friend Cliff Richard
Crooner Chris de Burgh has described the treatment of singer Cliff Richard by police in the UK as "utterly appalling".
Richard's Berkshire penthouse was searched for five hours last week and the operation was captured live on camera by the BBC.
"I have known Cliff for many years and always found him a genuine and compassionate man who has done loads of good work for charity," De Burgh told the Irish Independent.
"I hope the rumours are completely unfounded and think the way he was treated by the police and the press was appalling."
The search in Berkshire was part of an investigation into an alleged historic child abuse incident going back to 1985. Sir Cliff denies the allegation.Majella O'Donnell in social media spat over pal Cliff Richard's home search
In Dublin, De Burgh also spoke about working on his 23rd studio album.
"It should be out in October and I'll be back on the road again touring in 2015. I love the buzz of performing live."
De Burgh, along with his wife Diane, was one of the guests to attend the opening night of The Gate Theatre's production of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'.
Others enjoying the performance included actor and director Alan Stanford.Rosanna Davison is latest Irish celebrity to join #IceBucketChallenge
"It's a classic romance with big and bold gestures of love and fantastic dresses," said director of The Gate Michael Colgan.
Colgan originally staged the drama last Christmas and it proved to be a sell-out run, smashing all box office records at the theatre.
The company has been invited to bring the production to the Hong Kong Arts Festival next year.
Alan Stanford has directed the piece, which stars 'The Fall' actress Aobhinn Garrihy and Sam O'Mahony as Mr Darcy.