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- Posted on Jul 20th 2010 6:00AM by Chris Cope
The Northern Irishman is set to receive a life peerage from UK Prime Minister David Cameron as a result of his knowledge of the music business, reports the Daily Mirror.
The singer is the head of UK Music, a pressure group which speaks out about industry issues such as piracy and licensing, and had been a part of the recent effort to save radio station BBC 6Music.
It is understood that Sharkey would not be aligned with any political party and the singer would be able to keep his day job.
Speaking about the possible appointment, a source close to the UK Prime Minister said, "David Cameron is deeply impressed with Feargal and his knowledge, leadership and commitment when it comes to representing the music business.
"He would be a welcome addition to the House of Lords or in a role advising the government, although nothing has been finalised yet."
The Undertones disbanded in 1983 before relaunching in 1999, but Sharkey turned down the chance to rejoin the punk rockers, with Paul McLoone taking up vocal duties instead. Their 1978 single 'Teenage Kicks' was much-missed DJ John Peel's favourite record.