Government’s housing and mortgage policies have all failed – Doherty

first_img Pinterest Government’s housing and mortgage policies have all failed – Doherty Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also By admin – December 2, 2015 Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says the government’s initiatives to help struggling homeowners have all been failures.He says the much anticipated mortgage to rent scheme was intended to help 3,500 families. However, he says, after three years, only 246 families have been able to avail of the scheme, just three of them in Donegal. In Galway, Longford, Monaghan and Sligo, he says, the figure is zero.Deputy Doherty says is compounded by the fact that funding for MABS, the Money Advice and Budgeting Service, has actually been cut……..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Previous articlePSNI release latest men to be arrested under the O’Hara funeral investigationNext articleOne young person injured in aggravated burglary in Buncrana admin Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quotalast_img read more

The Last Ship’s Rachel Tucker on Wicked Wishes & Her Honorary Dad Sting

first_imgRachel Tucker photographed by Caitlin McNaney for View Comments Related Shows Age: 33Hometown: Belfast, Northern IrelandCurrent Role: A beautifully sung Broadway debut as Meg Dawson, the feisty center of a love triangle set in a northeast England shipping town, in Sting’s new Broadway musical The Last Ship.Stage Cred: A professional singer since childhood, Tucker was a semifinalist in the 2008 BBC reality casting series I’d Do Anything and made her West End debut in We Will Rock You. She went on to play more than 900 performances in Wicked, becoming the London production’s longest-running Elphaba.“I started singing in pubs and clubs around Belfast when I was 10. My dad is a musician, and he took me round; I impersonated Tina Turner and Shirley Bassey, and the crowd couldn’t believe what was coming out of this little girl. I knew I had something a bit special.”“Sting is a father figure to us all. He is so genuinely caring—about Rachel first, and then about how the show is doing. It’s been the most profound experience to have him tweak his music and lyrics around me and my voice. He’s a genius, and I don’t use that word as a joke.”“It’s lovely to use real emotions in creating a character. Meg is fiery and tender, she’s got a massive heart, and she loves her family. I think we’re very similar. I have a son and a family I adore. I have not been in [a love triangle]. That’s one thing I don’t mirror.” “I feel so privileged to have played Elphaba. There will be only so many girls who can do it, and I adored every minute. I had quite a long stint, but in the UK, we get four weeks’ holiday a year, so I was able to rest. I’d love to have a crack at Elphaba over here. God, yeah!”“My husband, Guy [Retallack] directed me in the first UK tour of Tommy, and we got together six months after the tour. He’s minding our son [18-month-old] Benjamin at the moment, and Barney, our Jack Russell, is here with us. We’ve been to every swing park in New York!”“When I heard the [Last Ship concept] album, I related to the music instantly. It’s got that Celtic-y, working class, earthy vibe, and that’s what Belfast is. I actually feel like I’ve come full circle. It’s like I’m home again, even though I’m halfway around the world.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015 The Last Shiplast_img read more