Robinson on Spotlight Live Blog…

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  • The BBC is leading with the age of Iris’s love interest – the licence fee should not be used to encourage this sort of grubby news story. The race between the various media outlets to be first with the guys details is quite pathetic, everybody but themselves will have forgotten tomorrow who published this crap first.

  • Greenflag

    MU,

    First law of capitalism

    Sex sells !

  • Greenflag,

    thats what we have the tabloids for.

  • Richard Sons

    MU

    We all pay the licence fee – we all have a right to know about this – The Robinsons covered this up for nine months, if it wasn’t for the BBC they would have gotten away with this disgusting illegality which is unfolding on our screens tonight.

  • Blair

    So a mentally disturbed woman was taken advantage of by a young entrepreneur, and her psychiatrist wanted a bit of payback for having his reputation trashed on the radio.

    Was that it?

  • Fabianus

    Peter Robinson must go now.

    No argument. No denials. He fucked up.

    We deserve someone with a little more integrity.

    Er…

    Where do we find him/her among our NI politicians?

  • “we all have a right to know about this ”

    I’m commenting on the BBC tabloidesque headline regarding the age of Iris’s love interest.

  • union mack

    corruption seems to be an emerging theme in the DUP. bring on the election…

  • Fabianus,

    Peter Robinson was trying to get the money paid back, technically he breached the law by not turning hiw own wife in – I think most peope would do the same – he should and probably will tough it out.

  • Halfer

    Wow,

    where to begin?

    Readers Digest version

    Kids dad dies. Iris takes kid under wing. Iris beds kid. Iris gets kid 50 large to open a cafe. Iris gets 5 large backhander. Iris gets kid lease from the council where she sits as alderman. iris fails to mention this at council……naughty.

    Iris and kid break up. Iris put squeeze on kid for money back to donate half to her sister in laws church and the other to pay huge debts (WTF IS SHE DOING WITH ALL HER MONEY?).

    Iris’ own kids find dirty letter from Iris to kid and squeals to Peter. Iris attempts suicide….fails. All kept under the carpet til adviser spills the beans.

    Peter tells Iris to resign and noticing the bbc hounds closing in..touching human story of betrayal and forgiveness is played out for cameras in vain hope of diverting from the financial tip of the stinking corrupt Robinson iceberg.

  • Henry94

    Blair

    Was that it?

    Take out the sex and it’s barely a story. I’m going to see Avatar at the weekend and I hope that lives up to the hype because this sure didn’t.

  • Paul Doran

    11.No doubt about it, They must go, They broke the law and the whole TV show yesterday was a show and nothing else. The man walked out when his wife was in huge distress. How could you do that you might be realy annoyed , but not to be there when the 2 gp’s arrived and then the next day the typical Peter Robinson was on display in the Chamber. What a farce.Someone must have the guts to call for their resignations. What did she have on the other 2 characters that she could get 50 k in a short period of time.What favours(Political) did she provide

    Posted by Paul Doran on Jan 07, 2010 @ 11:14 PM

  • Blair

    Corruption? The lady in question was mentally ill. The only corruption I see is from the young wanker who took advantage of her and the psychiatrist who buried the knife into her back because she mentioned his ‘abilities’ on the radio.

  • socaire

    A sordid grubby little mess. Imagine Adams or McGuinness in this fix and all the steely eyed self righteous fundamentalists passing judgement. I think Peter Robinson brought this on himself by marrying and staying married to a liability. But it looks like he has to go. Robinson must go.

  • Fabianus

    MU,

    “Peter Robinson was trying to get the money paid back, technically he breached the law”

    More than technically he breached the moral law I try to adhere to. Do please let’s no one try to justify this rancid pair.

    Peter, in the name of God go now!

  • Peter Robinson MUST resign, what he has tried to cover up is inexcusable. However, what Gerry Adams has tried to cover up is much worse, IMHO both should resign immediately.

  • Fabianus

    socaire,

    “Imagine Adams or McGuinness in this fix and all the steely eyed self righteous fundamentalists passing judgement.”

    Yes. I most certainly hold no brief for those two. But just imagine how Wendy Austin would have treated them today had they been involved in this sort of shenanigan.

  • TAFKABO

    They both broke the rules, their credibility is shattered. They both have to go.
    As for Iris, to be shagging a recently bereaved nineteen year old at the same time period she was going on the radio and calling others vile and an abomination for their perfectly legal consensual adult sex lives?

    You’d wonder how people do these things and think they’ll get away with it but then you read the comments here from people damning everyone from the BBC to the one decent man who told the truth, everyone BUT Iris and Peter, and you see how they could imagine they’d get away with this.

  • Henry94

    If he was in Fianna Fail they’d kick him out for giving back the money.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Take away the affair and the attempted suicide it’s not much of a scandal really…

  • union mack

    blaming young McCabley is ridiculous – a young man grieving his father. how mentally ill was she? has it been confirmed by anyone or is it a cover story? excuse my cynicism, but we’ve been fed bullshit by that family for a long time

  • Cynic2

    Is it normal to be able to just walk into a Property Developers Office and walk out with a £25k present?

  • Blair

    Resign my arse. What has he done wrong?

    Compared to his opposite numbers he is a knight in shining armour.

  • Fabianus

    Henry,

    “If he was in Fianna Fail they’d kick him out for giving back the money.”

    LOL! Alas, you’re probably correct.

  • Blair

    Interesting that people are trying to say that she took adavatage of the young guy. He was an adult, and he was an adult who wanted to go places. I would sday that he took advantage of a mentally ill woman. As did that psychiatrist.

    Aren’t there rules about patient confidentiality?

  • Dewi

    Sod this – slugger is better than this stuff.

  • Comrade Stalin

    A couple of reactions after seeing the show.

    The first is that Iris Robinson is painted as a person pretty much drunk with political power and authority. That’s an impression I’ve had watching her contributions to the Assembly, and listening to her homophobic missives on the Nolan show where she clearly felt that she could do and say as she pleased. The documentary showed, to me, that this was a case of power and authority clearly going straight to someone’s head. It bled over into her private life, as she began a fling with a teenager while haphazardly directing and redirecting funding between wealthy property magnates, individuals and church bodies, and apparently had no qualms about requesting that monies be directed to herself. The whole thing has obviously proved too much for her to keep under control and, as the old saying goes, she “lost the run of herself”.

    To think that this kind of outwardly corrupt behaviour could go on and become known to an adviser and assistant with the arrogance to believe that it would never become public shows someone badly out of touch with reality.

    The second observation I had is that Kirk was pretty much an innocent party. Who at 19 could have known the hot water they would be getting into ? To his credit, with the financial assistance he received, he was able to build a successful business. It takes commitment and hard work to keep an enterprise like that going.

    I imagine that Robinson saw an opportunity to make a few quid for herself, as well as doing a service to the community and to her lover by allowing him to achieve his desire to open a cafe. Her desire for financial return obviously began to get opportunity when she demanded the return of the funds supposedly owed to the deceased property developer. Did she intend to keep those funds for herself ?

    Regarding the impropriety allegations in the Council, it’s not immediately clear what may stick. The documentary reported that there was only one applicant for the lease. Robinson arguably made McCambley aware of the lease going out and assisted in his application for it, but in the absence of a competing applicant for the lease it is not clear what case she has to answer here.

    The real issues are over her handling of cash donations and, of course, the allegation that her husband knew of these allegations. It sounds like he insisted the funds be repaid quietly immediately when he became aware that they existed, but evidently believed that a scandal could be avoided by everyone keeping quiet.

  • Fabianus

    Blair,

    “I would day that he took advantage of a mentally ill woman. As did that psychiatrist.”

    You would say she is/was mentally ill. Where is your evidence? I see only corruption.

    Fuck that. Go, Peter, go!

  • John O’Connell

    socaire

    Adams must resign. The Robinsons’ story was a non story

  • Pigeon Toes

    I know that time was short, but the REAL story is the “gifting” of the money from the property developers…

  • union mack

    ‘Adams must resign. The Robinsons’ story was a non story’

    it will take someone pretty powerful to bring Adams down, the republican movement is a closed house compared to even the DUPers. hopefully however a clean sweep of these parasites can happen asap

  • socaire

    Does the entire DUP consider this behaviour appropriate for their public representatives or are these pair just ‘one or two rotten apples’?

  • TAFKABO

    “perfectly legal consensual adult sex lives”

    That applies to Iris as well – this is not the the 19th century, she can have sex with whoever she likes.

    Fabianus

    “More than technically he breached the moral law I try to adhere to”

    “Try” being the key word. He was faced a very difficult siuation, most people would not turn in their closest family members if wrongdoing was discovered at their place of work.

  • willis

    Blair

    You keep mentioning a psychiatrist. Are you confused? The guy Seymour Black was a political adviser or did I get it upside down?

  • Alias

    Moderate Unionist, do you see nothing improper with elected officials receiving large amounts of money from property developers who are dependent on the those offficials to grant them planning applications?

  • TAFKABO

    That applies to Iris as well – this is not the the 19th century, she can have sex with whoever she likes.

    So you’ve been repeating on a lot of threads but you’re missing the point, nowhere have I or anyone else said she couldn’t, we’re pointing out the hypocrisy in doing so.
    It’s a massive abuse of trust for anyone in her position to do what she did. She’d known the boy since he was nine years old, presumably just biding her time to get his kekks off.
    She gave her word to the boy’s dad that she’s look out for the young lad after he had died. She then proceeded to seduce the young lad and use him for sex, even going so far as to try and keep him sweet by securing funding for his business venture, funding from which she took an undeclared cash cut, then when the sex stopped she decided she wanted all the money back, intending to pocket half of it for herself, and donate half of it to a church in order to appear pious.

    It doesn’t get much more corrupt than this.

    Ach but sure, she’s a Christian and a unionist so let’s all just forget it never happened, eh?

  • willis

    MU

    “most people would not turn in their closest family members if wrongdoing was discovered at their place of work.”

    Which is a perfect illustration of why the DUP family-friendly power structure is so dangerous. You need checks and balances.

  • Same applies to Adams, his brother committed the alleged crime, he made an effort to put it right but did not go the far enough in notifying all those he should have.

    Unless there is some more to come out Adams and Robinson to tough it out, people need to ask themselves honestly if they would behave any differently, not sure I would in either case myself unless I believed my (relative) silence would lead to further law breaking.

    Too much self-righteous crap bring spewed out, these people are human.

  • socaire

    846 – antichrist! stick to the funny numbers. This is for adults.

  • Rory Carr

    Well, it seems that Iris has more in common with some sections at least of the gay community than she might have been aware – a shared attraction to twinks.

    An older gay man who has a penchant for pretty young men is sometimes known as a chickenhawk. What, I wonder, is the street term for an older lady with similar tastes?

    While it is the “inappropriate relationship” with the £50,ooo ”donations” from the two property developers whose business interests the Robinsons were in a position to promote which must surely sink them both now I have to admit that it is the prurient detail of the hokey-pokey that provides the great unwashed with the most value for their money. And as a horny-handed, unreconstructed member of that most significant of all social groupings I not only look forward to but actually demand further and better particulars of the down and dirty.

    I’m sure we would all understand and have true Christian forgiveness if young Kirk, now feeling abandoned and friendless and in financial difficulties as a result of his having to respond to Iris’s pressure to repay the £50,000, might for a reasonable fee, explain in intimate detail just what it was that attracted him to a powerful woman who was willing to source the necessary bankrolling to secure his future economic stability. He may need the services of Max Clifford in order to sort out the competing bids from the likely suspects; Sunday World; News of the World; Daily Mail; Daily Telegraph (affectionately known as the Maily Hellograph under the influence of the Busby Berkley Twins) and of course the ailing and desperate Daily Star.

    I’m not fussy, I’ll read whichever gets the juiciest detail as will everyone else including and especially those who will be most vociferous in publicly denouncing “this gutter journalism” and insisting that “this is deplorable. We must respect the need for privacy and allow the poor woman a chance to heal”.

    Bet old Jeffrey is already sending out his best suits to the drycleaners so that he looks his best on tv as he modestly tells the world that although not seeking the leadership, if his party needs him…. oh, fill in the rest yourselves.

  • Blair

    “You would say she is/was mentally ill. Where is your evidence? I see only corruption.”

    Fabianus,

    Did you watch the programme at all? They stated that she was mentally ill.

    Black is the psychiatrist that she mentioned on radio who could cure homossexuals. It finished his career.

    There is your motive.

  • Alias

    “That applies to Iris as well – this is not the the 19th century, she can have sex with whoever she likes.”

    True, and I’d even give her one for 50k – but only on condition that she didn’t want the money back, mind.

  • seamus friel

    The Real Story is the long long relationship between Peter and many major property developers who developed many large housing schemes in Castlereagh – his personal fiefdom – for the past 20 years. Obviously Spotlight couldn’t get anything on this as it will be a harder nut to crack but if there were public enquiries like those in the republic some developers might under pressure spill the beans. Has peter only been very wealthy since having multi jobs and large expenses in the past few years or for a long period while just an MP like Charlie Haughey????
    Property Developers aren’t big on social conscience or throwing money about with no gain guaranteed. they tend to be pretty ruthless cunning individuals. Unfortunately it is in their interests to stay quiet and keep on building the relationships. The big story is probably Peter and his long term relationships.

  • Alias

    Blair, Black was her political advisor, paid for by the taxpayer. He objected to the Robinsons using him to perform personal services that he was not employed by the taxpayer to perform, thereby defrauding the taxpayer. He wasn’t her shrink.

  • andnowwhat

    A 19 year old is not a mature adult. Not even close.

  • Iris must have some power over the property developers Frazer and Campbell, because on the click of a finger they came up with her 50k.
    For Frazer to give her the cash as a gift is amazing.
    What favours has she done them?

  • TAFKABO

    “She then proceeded to seduce the young lad and use him for sex, even going so far as to try and keep him sweet by securing funding for his business venture”

    That is simply speculation, sexual attraction moves in many and various ways, and there is more than a hint of sexism in many of the contributions.

    This is the ‘politics’ of the neigbours laundry basket.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Blair

    The shrink you are thinking of is Dr Paul Miller.

  • socaire

    Blair, how could having a cure for homosexuals finish your career? Sure they’d all be beating a path to your door. The infatuation with a 19 year old I can understand (even sympathise with) but the money business was cold, calculating, premeditated, grasping and vindictive.

  • Pigeon Toes

    I just wonder if other politicians are now wetting themselves, in case they haven’t declared any similar “gifts”.

    You never know when someone might have an attack of conscience.

  • Mark McGregor

    Jesus the DUP get their money’s worth out of Political Advisors the most the shinners had me collect was dry cleaning, never debts like some sort of goon. What else do they make them do? Run numbers?

  • TAFKABO

    That is simply speculation, sexual attraction moves in many and various ways, and there is more than a hint of sexism in many of the contributions.

    So what if it is? I’m free to speculate. if you think theres sexism in any of my contributions, please point out where.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Blair, where did you get the idea that Paul Miller’s career was finished given that you apparently didn’t even know his name ? Are you just making up random shite ?

    TAKKABO:

    She gave her word to the boy’s dad that she’s look out for the young lad after he had died. She then proceeded to seduce the young lad and use him for sex, even going so far as to try and keep him sweet by securing funding for his business venture, funding from which she took an undeclared cash cut, then when the sex stopped she decided she wanted all the money back, intending to pocket half of it for herself, and donate half of it to a church in order to appear pious.

    This is about the best one-paragraph summary of the whole thing I expect to read. you’re absolutely right, the whole gambit was “hmm, how can I steal £50K without God getting pissed off ? I know, I’ll give half it to the pineapple”.

    I don’t give a damn about who sleeps with who, but this cynical usage of church and religion for naked financial purposes is sickening.

  • Rory,

    “I not only look forward to but actually demand further and better particulars of the down and dirty.”

    Just the Robinson story or the Adams one as well?

  • Ulick (51),

    Would you mind linking them please?

  • seamus friel

    It would be interesting to look at the minutes of Castlereagh Council Planning Meetings for the past 20 years and examine the comments of the Robinsons re planning applications by these 2 developers. Then again maybe Spotlight is requesting those now under FOI.

  • crazy fenian 32

    Could someone tell me who dumped who.

  • andnowwhat

    I know that Robo had the land reassigned from Belvoir roundabout to the Saintfield road so it could be built on for Frazer all those years ago. Frazer agreed to improve the old road as part of the deal.

  • berryscherry

    Peter talks with forked tongue, Iris forgiven? She is holed up in a flat in Comber. The DUP spin doctors will be hard pushed to sell this to the electorate. Jim TUV is thinking all his crimbos have come at once. Gregory will have a tough time letting on he is supportive of Iris, and as for peter…… The house of Paisley fell, now the swish family have become the next to fall. This story has only just begun

  • Quagmire

    40 years waiting to be top trick. 40 years spent as Paisley’s monkey, only to be undone by Iris’s wreckless lust. This is all he will ever be remembered for. A whole life’s ambition left in wreck and ruin. Slan abhaile Robbo!!

  • Blair

    Apologies on the shrink thing. I picked it up wrong. Black is working on a grudge though. That was fairly obvious.

  • John O’Connell

    socaire

    846 – antichrist! stick to the funny numbers. This is for adults.

    A few days ago you were telling me that I had singlehandedly brought down the whole peace process by dumping on Gerry Adams. Are you backtracking? Has central office brought you back into line? And finally should you really be on this thread after the sheer nonsense your party has itself done in the last few weeks?

  • Los Lobos

    Are the DUP doors now fully open to Paul Berry and all the other ex DUP members who were kicked out of the Party for being sexual devients or financial abuse’s? Or is there one law for the upper tier of the Party and another for the plebs on the ground who do the donkey work? It’s a no brainer, peter must now take out that most treasured sword used around the marching season and politically impale himself upon it if he as any interest in salvaging a modicum o honor out of this fiasco. Time for Jeffery to lead where no man has led the DUP before – back to the future!

  • Ulick

    Damian,

    gaaboard

  • John O’Connell

    Los Lobos

    In view of your comments I sincerely hope Peter ronison doesn’t have a personal protection weapon at home. He was in a bad state yesterday. Think about how he feels tonight.

  • andnowwhat

    She DUmPed the wee lad Crazy Fenian. That’s when she got heavy about the money

  • Thanks Ulick

  • Mason Powell

    It is now all too obvious why Peter Robinson seemed emotional on TV on Wednesday. It wasn’t the 10-month old memory of his wife’s adultery and suicide attempt, it was the knowledge that “Spotlight” was about to flush his career, his reputation and his credibility down the toilet.

    I concede that I am no fan of Robinson or his “inappropriate relationship” with a former butcher turned IRA commander (for which Robinson has never apologised to the betrayed Unionist electorate) but even I was surprised at how easily he could waltz into the Assembly 12 hours after his wife’s devastating revelations and put on such a breezy, wise-cracking performance. The man is a complete cynical phoney, and the sooner we are rid of him, the sooner we can press on with the more important task of replacing a political system which elevates unrepentant terrorists to positions of authority as of right.

  • Quagmire

    “…which elevates unrepentant terrorists to positions of authority as of right.”
    Posted by Mason Powell on Jan 08, 2010 @ 12:57 AM

    Are you referring to SF here? If so I think you’ll find that they are in govt due to the mandate they recieved from the electorate. Over a quarter of the north’s voters to be precise. In fact they were the largest party at the last election(Euros). Go figure!

  • wje

    #

    The Real Story is the long long relationship between Peter and many major property developers who developed many large housing schemes in Castlereagh – his personal fiefdom – for the past 20 years. Obviously Spotlight couldn’t get anything on this as it will be a harder nut to crack but if there were public enquiries like those in the republic some developers might under pressure spill the beans. Has peter only been very wealthy since having multi jobs and large expenses in the past few years or for a long period while just an MP like Charlie Haughey????
    Property Developers aren’t big on social conscience or throwing money about with no gain guaranteed. they tend to be pretty ruthless cunning individuals. Unfortunately it is in their interests to stay quiet and keep on building the relationships. The big story is probably Peter and his long term relationships.
    Posted by seamus friel on Jan 07, 2010 @ 11:51 PM

    I reckon that this post is spot on and is where the real story lies. But just as the ice was broken tonight, I’d also imagine the real story will break through eventually. How long? That’s the question as it will take uncompromising investigative journalism.

  • Mason Powell

    Quagmire,
    The current political system in Northern Ireland entitles a minority party such as Sinn Fein, with a quarter of the votes cast, to be in government as of right. As I have pointed out elsewhere, such a system would be greatly appreciated by Nick Clegg, but the reason why the Lib Dems aren’t entitled to seats in Cabinet as of right is because they haven’t murdered, bombed and butchered their way to power by frightening law-abiding citizens into voting “yes” in a referendum for fear of the consequences of voting “no.” Ask a representative sample of middle-class Unionists what they would think about changing the Stormont system to a voluntary coalition which (depending on party strengths after another election) might not include Sinn Fein, and watch a lot of them shift uneasily while telling you that “you have to have Sinn Fein in the government” because if they aren’t in the government, they will “take us back to the bad old days.” That is not democracy, it is the politics of fear. No party should be entitled to be in government as of right, unless it achieves, as a minimum, 50% + 1 of the seats. In a divided society such as ours, there is a general concensus (which I share) that you need a weighted majority of, say, 60% or maybe 65%. If it is true that the days of “Unionist majority rule” are over and must not return (which I accept) then a fair substitute is a coalition of parties, freely arrived at, which can command the support of the agreed weighted majority. And if you want to argue that no nationalists would agree to this I might cite the recent proposal by Alistair McDonnell MP for a common approach by SDLP, UUP and Alliance. (Great oaks from little acorns grow…) And if it still doesn’t get off the ground, I’m happy to have Direct Rule. A Conservative and Unionist government would be a more pro-Unionist government than the present government.

  • Alias

    Good post. The problem isn’t so much the minority of people who elect members of murder gangs to public office as a majority of people who don’t elect said murder gangs being governed by them as a condition of mandatory coalition. The minority can elect whomever they want but the majority should not have a requirement to be subject to the amoral whims of the minority. At some point that is going to have to be replaced with a system that allows those wishing to form an Executive to choose their partners in a coalition government.

  • joeCanuck

    BREAKING NEWS FROM BBC WORLD NEWS

    First story “New low reached”. They were, however, talking about the temperature.
    The Robinson woes were the 4th story, 7 minutes in.

  • [quote][b]Yes. I most certainly hold no brief for those two. But just imagine how Wendy Austin would have treated them today had they been involved in this sort of shenanigan. [/b][/quote]….. Posted by Fabianus on Jan 07, 2010 @ 11:24 PM

    Fabianus, It will be interesting to hear how Stephen Nolan deals with it this morning on his “biggest show in the country” radio program, the Nolan Show, as he definitely and very obviously to the point of it being embarrassing, [considering he just loves to pimp his un biased objectivity to contentious and controversial matters down everyone’s throats like a proverbial schoolyard bully], nailed his colours and credentials to the Robinson’s mast yesterday.

    Anyone getting close to contradicting his guiding rosey sunglasses view and asking pertinent impertinent questions was given a very quick and merry heave ho or the line started to experience those magical interference problems or he hopped upon his high horse and started to try and intimidate and brow beat the caller. It was a most entertaining and enlightening show within a show which didn’t really do him or his reputation any good at all ……. Seems like trying to Defend the Indefensible and the Robinsons is Proving to be an expensive mistake being made by many, whom many might have expected to be brighter than they obviously are. I wonder how many more will fail by the wayside with remarks of unqualified support, for their comments to be remembered and repeated to remind them at a later date whenever they get all uppity and shirty and holier than thou.

    [quote][b]Take away the affair and the attempted suicide it’s not much of a scandal really… [/b][/quote] …. Posted by Pigeon Toes on Jan 07, 2010 @ 11:26 PM

    Err? ….. What attempted suicide? Surely, that is just a fabrication spun into the tale, Pigeon Toes, to give added credence to the madness being dished out. However, with a nation all too familiar with that particular fare and how to kick it into touch, is it a bit of a damp squib of an embellishment.

    And what is Blair on, that keeps him so blind and misguided. Whatever it is, a lot less is needed for it to do any good.

    [quote][b]..might for a reasonable fee, explain in intimate detail just what it was that attracted him to a powerful woman who was willing to source the necessary bankrolling to secure his future economic stability.[/b][/quote] …. Posted by Rory Carr on Jan 07, 2010 @ 11:48 PM

    Rory, the defining clue might be in “willing to source the necessary bankrolling to secure his future economic stability” and the reasonable fee for that is for free.

    [quote][b]Gregory will have a tough time letting on he is supportive of Iris, and as for peter…… The house of Paisley fell, now the swish family have become the next to fall. This story has only just begun [/b][/quote] ….. Posted by berryscherry on Jan 08, 2010 @ 12:03 AM

    Has Ian Paisley, either Senior of Junior, jumped into the ring with resounding unqualified support of the DUP leader and Assembly First Minister’s integrity and suitability to be a figurehead which followers can aspire to emulate? Or has there been a Almighty Hush and Deafening Silence?

  • Rory Carr

    Not big on irony, you Martians, I see, or is it that Mrs Merton hasn’t yet reached Martian TV?

  • Peter Fyfe

    Saw the GAA board thread, them rumours can’t be true. The’re crazy and certainly won’t get a mention here. Far too ridiculous but if somebody had said that Irish Robinson was having an affair with a 20 year old, I would not have believed that either a few days ago.