Saturday 24 June 2017

Sam Smyth: Shattered Robinson is standing by his woman

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson speaks to the media from his home in east Belfast yesterday
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson speaks to the media from his home in east Belfast yesterday

Sam Smyth

I used to joke to Northern politicians that they would know they lived in a relatively normal parliamentary democracy when they had a gale-force sex-and-money scandal. And yesterday, as the biggest loyalist paramilitary murder gang gave up their guns, it was a sordid yet sad story that left the six counties gobsmacked.

Iris Robinson, the MP wife of First Minister Peter, had attempted suicide after confessing to her husband that she had an affair.

And she had solicited money from friends for the man with whom she had been involved, inviting suspicions of inappropriate financial dealings.

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