Senior political hacks have been summoned to Dundela…

For what, they’ve been called to the DUP party headquarters in East Belfast, we do not know… But I suspect we’re going to find out soon…

Update: None of the Belfast print media have been invited. And the press office is disclaiming any knowledge that anything is happening there. But we understand that the BBC are parked outside the building.

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  • Alias

    It looks like a case of ‘resigning to spend more time with his family’ then. Which might be literal or figurative – depending on what is in the Spotlight program and who has ‘leaked’ it and for what expedient purpose (unless NI’s media has suddenly developed a missing investigative reporting bent).

  • If there was a discrepancy between an expenses claim and the actual location of an MP or MLA at the time presumably that would be a matter of public interest.

  • Drumlins Rock

    on the edge of my seat here….

  • This is the big test of Slugger’s new server/config. If it stays up this afternoon, it’ll cope with anything!

  • Scaramoosh

    Making plans for Nigel;

  • Recording an interview for Spotlight perhaps?

  • Mick Fealty

    Indeed Alan. None of the print media are there. BBC outside the building. Looking like a TV gig.

  • Stunning_Steve

    Classic, what we have witnessed is journos doing what they do best, speculating.

    Any chance of naming a few sources, not a chance.

  • Mason Powell

    Exit Peter……

  • The Raven

    I’d love to print what I’m hearing. Every rumour of the past ten years coming out this afternoon…

    Someone’s really turning the knife in someone else. Ahem.

  • Paul

    I think all the speculation well myself I am doubled up with laughter reading some of the comments.all interesting stuff though.lol lol

  • Drumlins Rock

    true Steve, but when you create a mystery and a void of information then speculation will try to fill that gap.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Quite a few of us have heard various rumours, doing the rounds for a few months now…

  • joeCanuck

    Presumably that means that our dear leader has finished taking care of family business.
    On that subject, Robinson was unable to make an initial statement on the death of the cardinal because he was unavailable. Now any other country where I lived would announce a stand-in to take care of emergent issues while the PM was on vacation or otherwise unavailable. Does that not happen in N.I.?

  • Stunning_Steve

    Typical journalism, fire off concerns about sub rosa talk yet such journos conceal their own sources for the “greater common good” i.e. news worthiness for the masses that “need to know”.

    Yet when politicians cite privacy for the greater public good they get pilloried and why? Well because they are “public” figures and good for it – fair game.

  • Garza

    Please tell what are these rumours? Completely in the dark here lol.

  • Paul

    #

    Please tell what are these rumours? Completely in the dark here lol.
    Posted by Garza on Jan 06, 2010 @ 03:51 PM

    join the club Garza lol lol

  • Skintown Lad

    Might be a good tactic – let the speculation mount and the juicy rumours fly and then the actual announcement might actually be a disappointment in comparison, a damp squib.

  • IRIA

    Graza/Paul: Following Blair’s lead and switching to Catholicism. 😉

  • joeCanuck

    Garza, I posted yesterday that an acquaintance in N.I. I had just spoken to on the phone said that it was being rumoured that Robinson would resign before the end of the week. No other commenter picked up on it.

  • Jack Walker

    A domestic issue between Mr and Mrs R methinks!

  • You mean moving from Whitewell to People’s Church! That would be quite a split.

  • Eamonn Mallie claims the media gathering was at the Robinson home – chez lui.

  • Chuck Loyola

    I heard the scoop is he’s gay and in love with a Peruvian goat farmer.

  • Mayoman

    “Peter Robinson to live and fight another day. Personal problems need utmost care and attention. That is the message. More to come”

    http://twitter.com/eamonnmallie

  • Jack Walker

    Alan in Belfast – You mean moving from Whitewell to People’s Church! That would be quite a split.

    A little more serious than that Alan…

  • Mick Fealty

    I’m most decidedly not sharing the gossip I am hearing because as I said before, none of it is fit to print.

    There has also been a fair amount of ancillary political spin around this story. About which more when this

    I think we will have to hear what the man says after 6pm tonight.

  • Jack Walker

    Alan – I thinks the domestic issue between Mr and Mrs R is a little more serious than them ‘moving from Whitewell to People’s Church’!

  • Paul

    Garza, I posted yesterday that an acquaintance in N.I. I had just spoken to on the phone said that it was being rumoured that Robinson would resign before the end of the week. No other commenter picked up on it.
    Posted by joeCanuck on Jan 06, 2010 @ 04:00

    Joe people saw it well i did anyway in another thread but just ignored it.Dont tell us all you are taking credit for all the site gossip.LMAO you are priceless joe and the comments are top draw some of them have had me doubled up with laughter however if some of the posters are right i salute them.I am bursting to know whats going on the suspense is killing me lol lol lamo

  • Mr Angry

    Any word on why a certain section of the media has not been invited?

  • joeCanuck

    Well, Paul,
    If I’m keeping you amused then I have done my random act of kindness for the day.

  • Paul

    BREAKING NEWS BREAKING NEWS

    I am to be NI first minster lmao oh dear its just speculation.But who spread it lol lol

  • Paul

    #

    Well, Paul,
    If I’m keeping you amused then I have done my random act of kindness for the day.
    Posted by joeCanuck on Jan 06, 2010 @ 04:19 PM

    Thanks joe I enjoy your posts even thoough we disagree you are a good man and can bring a bit of humour which is great thank you.

  • Pigeon Toes

    I don’t actually believe that Peter sang the backing vocals for Willie on his now controversial track: http://url.ie/4l4z

  • joeCanuck

    Nobody has replied to my query as to who has been in charge of the government since Robinson became unavailable. Does that mean that nobody knows or that no one was in charge?

  • joecanuck, a government only needs someone in charge if it is doing something.

  • Skintown Lad

    Eamonn Mallie is properly teasing us now:

    “This is going to be a long night. There will be many twists and turns in the Robinson saga.”

  • chewnic

    If Peter goes-will we have jumped or will he have been pushed into oblivion.. by the wife?

  • Keithbelfast

    @joecanuck – the deputy first minister with support from the bann river rescue.

  • disgusted poleglass housewife

    she knocked his melt in and he is running around with 2 black eyes

  • Neil

    I heard the scoop is he’s gay and in love with a Peruvian goat farmer.

    I believe Iris knows of a psychiatrist who can ‘cure’ that. Pity he can’t fix depression as well wha?

  • joeCanuck

    Re my query about who was/is in charge, it’s being discussed in Eamonn Mallie’s thread, “How can Shaun Woodward speak of possible success being just around the corner?”

  • Paul McMahon
  • Garza

    Holy shit!

  • percy

    amazing if the affair was with a woman paulmc !

  • IRIA

    And it was with Liam Adams…

  • Neil

    Percy,

    would be outstanding. But snowball’s chance in hell.

    Garza,

    I was hoping someone would bring religion into the conversation. What is God’s position on extramarital sex by the way? It’s ok if you’re sufficiently homophobic?

    If true this underlines the fact that she’s pure poison IMO. Another Christian with opinions on other people’s sex lives and the morals of a cat.

  • Alias

    If that is true then it puts her depression confession and her supposed Christian values in a different perspective.

  • Garza

    I suppose its happened before.

    Ted Haggard an American pastor that ranted against homosexuality was caught on drugs pleasuring a male prostitute. Hes now a door to door salesman.

    Oh the irony if the other party is a female.

    Cant see how Robbo would resign over this though, Iris’s career is over however.

  • iluvni

    £400 a month expenses…was she doing a lot of eating out?

  • Neil

    LOL iluvni

  • Garza

    I was hoping someone would bring religion into the conversation. What is God’s position on extramarital sex by the way? It’s ok if you’re sufficiently homophobic? – Neil

    Well Neil the bible states it is perfectly okay to have sex slaves and servants. Old Abraham was banging a few broads in his day.

  • Eleanor Bull

    “was she doing a lot of eating out?”

    The comeback on that comment is just too obvious. I’ll refrain.

  • Garza

    Just got a call from the BBC to confirm their News department are running with a breaking story and all their Newsline Schedule has been ripped up for it….

    http://www.politics.ie/northern-ireland/121731-iris-robinson-having-affair-behind-husband-peters-back-story-about-break-7.html

    Oooooo very exciting!

  • Paul

    Oooooo very exciting!
    Posted by Garza on Jan 06, 2010 @ 05:20 PM

    I agree trouble is its not knowing whats going to be the breaking news.oh goody cant wait for this

  • Alias

    All versions of the bible have fundamental commandments against committing adultery, so if she has done as is now rumoured, then her basing her own tirade against homosexuality on what the bible says about the practice is pretty despicable hypocrisy.

    And if her depression is now to be “alleged” (with this revelation being the likely basis of her retirement from public life) then that in itself was a very cynical use of other people’s sympathy for sufferers of mental illness for her selfish purposes.

  • I’m listening to the BBC Radio Ulster News at the minute and if this story is breaking it is breaking very slowly….

  • … school closures, burst water pipes, sport, weather. No mention of this so far….

  • Eleanor Bull

    “if this story is breaking it is breaking very slowly…. ”

    Probably embargoed until 6pm or 630pm.

    Eamonn Mallie knows already…which is why he’s teasing.

  • Paul

    And if her depression is now to be “alleged” (with this revelation being the likely basis of her retirement from public life) then that in itself was a very cynical use of other people’s sympathy for sufferers of mental illness for her selfish purposes.
    Posted by Alias on Jan 06, 2010 @ 05:24 PM

    i should wait to hear if this is true the speculation and your remarks are ill judged just wait then condenm after its being confirmed.

  • Drumlins Rock

    go look at politics.ie see if you can sort out facts from ravings there, had always heard peter wasnt easily lived with, this could be all rather nasty.

  • joeCanuck

    What’s the time there now? My computer shows messages timed at N.A. Eastern time minus one hour.

  • Alias

    Incidentally, the symptoms of clinical depression include a loss of sex drive, so it’s a bit of a stretch to credulity to use that as an excuse to explain why she had an affair (if that is the case). If she said that she had mild depression instead of a major form of it, then a symptom of low self-esteem would indeed leave her vulnerable to flattery and an affair.

  • According to his Facebook feed, there is a threat from Michael Shilliday:

    I might be tempted from slugger hibernation tonight. It’s hard to see whatever this thing is not going nuclear.

    The fall out (if only from the 74th largest Commons majority) thereof could be toxic.

  • percy

    alias good comment
    By the way if Peter was not giving her any care and attention, starved of affection I wouldn’t blame her looking elsewhere for love.
    But to be so condemning of others is nasty hypocrisy, we’ll hear soon enough.

  • Garza

    It must be bigger than an affair malcolm. Going nuclear?

  • chewnic

    1-0!!!
    It seems that politics.ie was way ahead of Slugger on this story.

    Never mind, Mick. You can console yourself by looking forward to Rusty Nail repeating the same thread that he’s had on for the last year-Cutting edge Slugger, my arse!!

  • This is like watching paint dry……

    JoeCanuck it is about 5.40pm in NI. You can get Radio Ulster live streamed on the BBC Radio Ulster website, the evening news is from 5pm to 6.30pm, but so far no mention of this story, whatever it might be…

  • joeCanuck

    If this rumour is true and Mr.Robinson is not directly involved, it should not in of itself be a resignation matter.
    The same might be said of Adams apart from his apparent lies.
    It might be difficult to carry on, however, if you are made a figure of fun or if you are looked on with pity.
    What a mess.

  • percy

    direct hit chewnic, bite on that rusty nail 😉

  • joeCanuck

    Thanks, Aldamir.

  • joeCanuck

    Listening now.

  • Robinson has shown himself to be a pragmatic leader and hopefully he can continue to lead the DUP given that his personal life is his own business and as with Gerry Adams should not be subject to lurid speculation when there is no evidence that either of them have broken any laws.

  • fin

    Originally Posted by David Cochrane View Post

    I’ve been told the man she was having an affair with is catholic, no means of confirming it directly, but the source is reliable.

    Also from Politics.ie, David is editor on the site, so a serious comment

  • percy

    fin, well catholics are randier than protestants
    *ducks*

  • joeCanuck

    Funny that, Percy. When I was a young lad growing up in a “mixed” town, the Catholic youths thought that Protestant girls were “looser” and the Protestant boys felt the opposite.

  • Just broken on 6pm headlines…

  • fin

    IRIS ROBINSON ADMITS SHE HAD AN AFFAIR AND TRIED TO KILL HERSELF – utv news

    according to politics.ie

    is this true

  • Mick Fealty

    Up on Slugger…

    Chewnic,

    Eaten bread soon forgotten?

  • Is this really an important news story, the woman is no longer a public figure, as contemptible and hypocritical as I find some of her past behaviour, it seems to me once she stood down as an MP, and from the Stormont thingy this became a private matter.

  • fin
  • Mick Fealty

    Oh yes Fin… Robo reading emotional statement to Ken Reid on UTV… Just remember this is a BBC story… Extended edition on BBC Newsline…

  • chewnic

    Alternativeley, Mick, better late than never-for Slugger.

  • Mick Fealty

    I’m saying nothing. The story is the thing. Just don’t get distracted. This was firstly a BBC story. Smart move to got to UTV with the bigger audience first.

  • chewnic

    Fair enough, Mick-sorry for the cheap shot.

  • pacman

    Those two statements are the crassest, most damage-limiting that I have heard in a very long time. If he found out in March, then why is he only getting teary-eyed now?

    Face facts, the only regret both of them have is that it was found out and Iris, in particular, has egg on her not-so-moral face.

    Hell slap it up them – it couldn’t happen to a nicer pair.

  • fin

    my thoughts too pacman, they’re actually feeling sorry for him on politics.ie, they mentioned Micks comment about it been a BBC story, thinking is there is more to come, this story apparently came out when the beeb were fishing around, obvious thing is expenses.

  • Sounds like the BBC Spotlight investigation was not about Iris’ affair but about some sort of financial dealings by the Robinsons.

    From the Robinson interview it seems that the BBC have sent them a letter in the last few days asking about this.

    Iris’ statement refers to giving financial help to the unnamed individual in connection with a business venture.

    I wonder what more will come out.

    When is Spotlight to be broadcast?

  • Paul

    I am gobsmacked nothing surprises me anymore.

  • Mr Angry

    Sorry – UTV interview.

  • fin

    Aldamir, its apparently all up in the air, bloke on politics.ie claims spoke with BBC today and the UTV scoop was a surprise to everyone, sounds like the
    beeb might try to get something out this evening
    “Well the BBC were 110% not thinking this would be released today……

    I was speaking with their newsroom at 4pm and they were running around in circles trying to keep up to speed with it.

    I love the way that UTV broke the story at 6pm and then all the news sites changed their sites at 6pm. Gentleman’s agreement somewhere along the line.

    I’ll know more tomorrow on this in relation to what happened in the BBC newsroom”

  • Poor Peter the cuckold, I’d be lying if I said that I felt any sympathy for the man whatsoever, I have none for him or his mental, adulterous slut/wife.

  • pacman

    Did he just hang Iris out to dry by insisting that there was no allegation of financial impropriety against HIM?

  • Comrade Stalin

    I love the way that UTV broke the story at 6pm and then all the news sites changed their sites at 6pm. Gentleman’s agreement somewhere along the line.

    Embargoes are nearly as old as the press itself.

  • Skintown Lad

    Comrade Stalin – how would an ’embargo’ like that stop an independent blogger from breaking the story his or herself?