Iris whereabouts a mystery as ski trip rumours abound
The whereabouts of Iris Robinson remained a mystery last night as her First Minister husband insisted there were questions only she could answer.
Peter Robinson told the 'Belfast Telegraph' that his wife was being treated by a psychiatrist and could not provide coherent replies because of her mental state.
He also revealed that both he and Mrs Robinson's solicitor had been unable to obtain reliable responses from her since the BBC 'Spotlight' programme was broadcast.
"Both her solicitor and I have been unable to get any coherent responses. I don't like doing this because you are dealing with somebody's mental illness but Iris has spent many weeks over the past year in a clinic for treatment," the Democratic Unionist Party leader said.
"The solicitor was unable to take instructions from her because of her illness.
"Clearly there are issues that she has to deal with," added Mr Robinson, who claims the programme contained information he was previously unaware of.
There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that Mrs Robinson was planning a holiday next week to a ski resort in the French alps. It has also been suggested she is at a Priory-style clinic in the south of England.