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Monday 25 September 2017

First lady, her teenage lover and how that could hand power to Sinn Fein

How the news of Mrs Robinson's affair with her 'toy-boy' lover winged its way to Washington DC, along with the tales of Ireland's political heavyweights.

Iris Robinson: When veteran journalist David McKittrick penned his article of January 9, 2010 for the Independent newspaper on Iris Robinson's affair with 19-year-old Kirk Camberley and its potential ramifications for her husband Peter's tenure as Northern Ireland first minister, he probably didn't realise the story's shockwaves would extend all the way across the Atlantic .

But in 867 words, McKittrick had managed to provide what US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's close confidant, Sidney Blumenthal, termed a "succinct summary" of the rapidly unfolding scandal which threatened to engulf Northern Ireland's political establishment and sunder the ever-fragile peace process.

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