Senior Crown Counsel Paul Maguire QC will investigate First Minister Peter Robinson’s personal affairs. The DUP leader has been embroiled in controversy arising from his confirmation that his wife Iris had an affair. She allegedly organised fundings for a young man to develop his cafe business.Mr Robinson who has relinquished some of his first minister’s duties invited the Departmental Solicitor’s Office to appoint a senior barrister to investigate whether he acted ultra vires in any way in allegedly failing to notify the authorities about finances.
Mr Maguire was a former Alliance party Assembly member for North Belfast 1982/86. He is one of Northern Ireland’s leading barristers as well as being a law lecturer.
The completion of Mr Maguire’s findings on Peter Robinson depends on how quickly he commences his work. He was consulted on Saturday but normally carries a sizeable case load.