Peter Robinson on shortlist for Tipperary International Peace Award

North’s outgoing First Minister praised for forming Stormont’s coalition government

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson: together they “oversaw the devolution of policing and justice powers”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and First Minister Peter Robinson: together they “oversaw the devolution of policing and justice powers”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

 

Northern Ireland’s outgoing First Minister Peter Robinson has been shortlisted for this year’s Tipperary International Peace Award.

The citation hails Mr Robinson’s role in the formation of the coalition government at Stormont, most notably overseeing the devolution of policing and justice powers from Westminster to Stormont in 2010.

It reads: “Mr Robinson has been involved in Northern Irish politics for over 40 years, being a founding member of the DUP.”

With Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, he “oversaw [in 2010] the devolution of policing and justice powers from the British Parliament to the Northern Ireland Assembly, negotiating a power-sharing deal with Sinn Féin. This process ensured that devolution in Northern Ireland was able to be fully completed.”