Senior Crown Counsel to investigate Robinson’s personal affairs

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.

  • Scaramoosh

    I am not sure that there is any need for the word
    “allegedly” in this instance?

  • Eileen Calder

    Why an ex MLA couldn’t they find someone totally independant from the disgusingly corrupt system here?

  • Coll Ciotach

    I am sure Mr Maguire will be entirely professional in his approach

  • Eileen Calder

    He probably will be but its a bit like getting an ex cop to investigate police corruption.

  • Is “Senior Crown Counsel” just another way of saying Queen’s Counsel? Or is it a higher rank of lawyer than “Queer Customer”? Or is it merely an illustration of the impenetrability of legal jargon? Or an example the tendency of journalists to pad with redundant words and phrases?

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    I hope that Queens Counsel is not compromised.

    Can we get some one to give him the all clear and then that guy/gal ad infinitum

  • Rory Carr

    Now that the Robinson affair has given new life to an old Simon and Garfunkel song perhaps it might be hoped that it will also attract renewed interest to Carson McCuller’s wonderful novella, The Ballad of the Sad Café?

    In this way, along with an end to the impasse on finalisation of devolution commitments, might something good come out of it all.

  • granni trixie

    Another Alliance man to the rescue. Good o.

  • Have details of the scope of the investigation into this relatively trifling matter been published?

  • Jaggers

    Agree with Nevin, are there terms of reference for the investigation?

    The apparent ease by which Mrs Robinson could access £50,000 of funding was surprising to me. The contribution of donations by one developer to the DUP was not suprising in general terms. Mr Robinson’s use of parliamentary privilege to express views on another developer was also surprising. As noted in the print media there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of the developers but for the sake of good public office standards I would like an investigation to consider the relationship between the Robinsons and the developers.

  • Jaggers, £25,000 – whether by loan or gift – would have been small beer for some of our larger developers. Also, the DUP has been jokingly called the Developers Unionist Party.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Ms Calder.
    I think an ex MLA who is aQC is an excellent choice. Its not as if he was a DUP man or even belonging to a Party in the Executive.

    While I have often heard Journos mention (negatively) doctors investigating doctors or police investigating police or the lawyers investigating lawyers…….I have never actually heard a Journo insist that lay people should investigate breaches of Journalistic “ethics”. That is of course…er….different.