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Saturday 25 November 2017

Robinson out of hospital and ready for talks

Peter Robinson was in hospital ‘as a precautionary measure’
Peter Robinson was in hospital ‘as a precautionary measure’

Chris McCullough

DUP leader Peter Robinson has been released from hospital after a health scare and is expected to attend talks aimed at resolving the political crisis in the North today.

The 66-year-old was taken to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital on Saturday after an adverse reaction to new medication he was prescribed following a heart attack in May.

He was discharged last night and will take part in the talks today.

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson, who spoke to Mr Robinson, said: "He plans to be with us at the talks at Stormont."

A DUP spokesman said Mr Robinson was admitted to hospital as a "precautionary measure" after suffering an adverse reaction to medication.

Mr Robinson recently stood aside as Northern Ireland's First Minister and has come under severe pressure due to the political crisis at Stormont in the wake of the murder of IRA man Kevin McGuigan.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin took to Twitter to wish Mr Robinson well. "Concerned that Peter Robinson admitted to hospital but pleased that he is comfortable and doing well. Wishing him a speedy recovery," he wrote.

Today's talks will be hosted by Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan.

Irish Independent

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