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Sam Smyth: The future of the First Minister will now be determined by his wife's sordid and greedy past

Sam Smyth

Published 09/01/2010 | 05:00

FOR more than a generation the war-weary people of Northern Ireland longed for normality. Even politicians sometimes pined for a political agenda where sex and money would replace murder and terror at the top of news bulletins. Someone should have reminded them about the old adage: 'Be careful what you wish for'.

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For the Robinson affair has thrown Northern Ireland into a full-blown scandal, rooted in sex and money. Or, as Old Testament fundamentalists might call it, "lust and greed".

Peter Robinson is agonising over his position as First Minister and leader of the DUP this weekend. But even his most loyal supporters now know his wife's past will determine his future. And few believe he can continue to hold high office with any credibility while details of his wife's sexual dalliance and financial shenanigans continue to seep out.

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