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Iris Robinson scandal report due
28 Nov 2014 08:08
A long-awaited Stormont report into the Iris Robinson scandal is expected to be published later.
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The inquiry was launched after Mrs Robinson, a former Strangford MP, obtained thousands of pounds from property developers to help her teenage lover establish a business.
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Her husband, Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and DUP leader, is expected to be cleared of breaching the Assembly's code of conduct.
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It is understood Stormont standards commissioner Douglas Bain has found that Mr Robinson did not infringe the code.
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However, Mr Bain is expected to conclude that Mrs Robinson, a former Assembly member, broke a Stormont rule by not publicly declaring receiving the cash from the developers.
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The report will be published by the Assembly's standards and privileges committee.
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In January 2010, the First Minister's wife's dealings with her teenage lover Kirk McCambley were revealed, including obtaining £50,000 (€63,000) from two property developers in order to help Mr McCambley secure a tender for a busy south Belfast cafe, the Lock Keeper's Inn.
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That business on the banks of the River Lagan was in the district of Castlereagh Council, of which Mrs Robinson was a member.
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The disclosures caused shockwaves in Northern Ireland.
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Mrs Robinson stepped aside from public life on health grounds and her husband temporarily delegated his responsibilities as first minister to a colleague to concentrate on clearing his name.
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