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NI's Robinson brought to hospital
25 May 2015 16:04
Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has been admitted to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.
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The 66-year-old DUP leader was taken to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital in an ambulance shortly after 9am.
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A spokesman for the Democratic Unionist Party said: "The First Minister felt unwell this morning and has been admitted to the hospital for some further tests."
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Senior party sources have confirmed he is being treated for a suspected heart complaint.
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A hospital spokeswoman said: "Mr Robinson underwent a procedure this morning and is currently recovering in the Royal Victoria Hospital."
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The Robinson family are understood to be at his bedside in the west Belfast hospital and have requested privacy at this stage.
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In recent months, his party, which entered into a pact with the UUP, faced one of the toughest elections including the tight battle to regain Belfast East - the seat he lost in 2010 to the cross-community Alliance Party.
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Last week, Mr Robinson announced a reshuffle of his top team at Stormont following the resignation of health minister Jim Wells who caused a furore with comments linking same-sex marriage to child abuse.
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Tomorrow, the Northern Ireland Assembly is due to hold a crucial debate on implementation of welfare reform and Mr Robinson has repeatedly warned that the power-sharing institutions are in danger of collapse.
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