Thursday 8 December 2016

Martina Devlin: The Robinson affair: the day Iris invited me over for a chat

Published 09/01/2010 | 05:00

Peter Robinson has a conviction for unlawful assembly, and now it seems his wife Iris has engaged in some unlawful assembly of her own. He was let off with a fine after 'The Invasion of Clontibret' in 1986, when he staged a mock-military parade with 500 loyalists in the Monaghan town to protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement. If only Iris Robinson could hope to escape so lightly.

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His transgression led to his resignation of the DUP deputy leadership -- but it was temporary, no more than a brief act of contrition. I can't see Iris's transgression -- infidelity -- being smoothed over as quickly.

On the contrary, she is being punished in the cruellest, most open-ended way possible: condemned to spend the rest of her life under the yoke of her husband's forgiveness.

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