Northern Ireland

Iris Robinson back in Northern Ireland for treatment

Iris and Peter Robinson pictured in 2008
Image caption Iris Robinson has spent much of this year receiving psychiatric treatment in London

Iris Robinson has returned to Northern Ireland and is receiving medical treatment, it has been has confirmed.

Responding to newspaper reports, a spokesman for her DUP leader husband Peter Robinson said she had previously returned for a few days in July.

Mrs Robinson has spent most of the year in a London clinic where she has been receiving psychiatric treatment.

Northern Ireland's first minister has asked for privacy for her to "continue on the road to recovery".

Mr Robinson's spokesman added: "He will not be providing a running commentary on these matters."

Police investigation

Mrs Robinson resigned as an MP, assembly member and councillor following a BBC Spotlight programme in January.

The programme reported that Mrs Robinson obtained £50,000 from two developers to help her teenage lover open a cafe business.

She then attended the council meeting during which the cafe lease was awarded to Kirk McCambley but allegedly broke the law by not declaring her financial interest.

Police investigating the allegations travelled to London in June to interview Mrs Robinson.

Mr Robinson's spokesman said on Sunday the former Strangford MP would "continue her treatment in Northern Ireland for as long as it remains practical to do so".

"Clearly other arrangements will have to be made if media intrusion hinders her progress and is harmful to her health and well-being," he added.

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