Padraig joined other members of the Oireachtas and set aside all political differences to sing their version of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ for Ryan Tubridy and his guests…including One Direction!
And the Inishowen politician sang the first solo for the show…and did well!
He joked to donegaldaily.com afterwards: “Paul Simon will be meeting with his solicitors after that!”
All proceeds from the song will go to the suicide crisis centre Pieta House, with bookies already predicting that it will take on this year’s X Factor for the number 1 slot!
The Dublin Gospel Choir and the Lucan Gospel Choir were on hand to provide, well, a bit of professional harmony.
Bridge Over Troubled Water can be downloaded on iTunes for €1.29. The project was sponsored by Noel Recruitment.
Eighteen TDs and Senators took part in the recording organised by Fine Gael TD Derek Keating.
“Everyone sounded great. I do think it takes a certain amount of courage especially for people not used to that role,” said the TD for Dublin Mid-West.
Some of the Oireachtas members who took part included Fine Gael TDs Lucinda Creighton, Simon Coveney and Peter Mathews, Labour TD Joan Burton, Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power, and Independents Stephen Donnelly, Mick Wallace and Finian McGrath.