The DUP has denied that former MP and Assembly member Iris Robinson is planning a Tiger Woods-style public act of contrition following accusations over an extra-marital affair and involvement in payments by wealthy developers to her teenage lover.
The wife of the DUP leader Peter Robinson remains under 24-hour suicide watch in hospital, the party has claimed, accusing the media of attempting to “pursue her to the grave”.
The statement came after the PSNI seized computer records at Castlereagh Borough Council as part of their investigation into Mrs Robinson’s dealings with Kirk McCambley, now aged 21. Computer databases and emails have been examined at the council offices connected particularly to the awarding of a lease to Mr McCambley.
Mr McCambley has also been questioned over Mrs Robinson’s procurement of 50,OOO pounds from two businessmen that she then gave to her young lover so he could set up his South Belfast riverside cafe.
A special council meeting of Casttereagh Borough Council will be held tonight to decide how to fill the seat left vacant by Mrs Robinson.
It is planned that the meeting will be held in public and the outcome is expected to be a by-election for the seat.
Even though Mrs Robinson is no longer a party member, the DUP went on the offensive after the publication of a book -- called ‘The First Lady of Lust’ -- in the Sunday Life and further articles in the Sunday World.
“After several months of relentless smear and invention the media and press continue publishing stories that have no basis in fact about Iris Robinson,” the statement said.
“There is no element of truth in these claims. The truth is that Iris remains in hospital under acute psychiatric care and under 24-hour suicide watch as a result of the unremitting and ruthless lies and attacks against her.
“However, several Sunday newspapers have continued to print material which is complete fabrication and defamation,” claimed the DUP in its statement.
“As legal action will result from many of those reports and articles, the family have in most cases avoided commenting.”