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  • Cowen and Brown in Downing Street

    January 14, 2010 @ 4:20 pm | by Harry McGee

    Both leaders have issued a statement in the past 45 minutes. It’s exactly as you would expect. It goes along the lines of many previous statements, with minor variations.

    The gist. The following are the important issues: devolution of policing and justice powers.

    Despite all the tragifarce of the past month, despite the serious fever that the Iris Virus has caused to the DUP, we believe it’s still achievable. What’s more we believe it’s desirable. The date on the Good Friday Agreement ticket has not yet expired.  Like parents, we have finally emptied the nest, but you always know we are there at the end of a telephone.


  • Peter Robinson – Is this a resignation for slow learners?

    January 11, 2010 @ 5:28 pm | by Harry McGee

    Peter Robinson has issued a statement today saying he is stepping back for six weeks to allow him deal with the personal and family matters arising from his wife Iris’s admission of infidelity with a teenager. (more…)

  • Iris Robinson

    January 8, 2010 @ 2:17 pm | by Harry McGee

    The investigation by BBC’s Spotlight and its reporter Darragh McIntrye into the Iris Robinson affair (political and personal) was extraordinary. (more…)

  • Public and Private

    January 6, 2010 @ 7:51 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    We have had two startling insights into the private lives of senior politicians this week. First there were Brian Lenihan’s remarkably candid revelations about his impending battle with cancer of the pancreas. Now this evening we have had a searing statement from the North’s First Minister Peter Robinson about his marriage to Iris. (more…)

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