Robinson Will Attend Talks To Save Stormont

Robinson Will Attend Talks To Save Stormont

Peter Robinson will attend crucial talks for saving Northern Ireland's power-sharing executive this morning – a day after being discharged from hospital.

The Democratic Unionist Party leader will be joined by representatives from the other four main parties in Stormont, as they try to overcome issues surrounding paramilitary activity, the budget, & the implementation of welfare cuts.

Today's talks have been facilitated by the British & Irish governments – & the UK's Northern Ireland Secretary, Theresa Villiers, has urged politicians "not to let this opportunity to build a brighter, more secure future slip away".

She added: "Northern Ireland's political leaders have achieved tremendous things over the past 20 years working together. That same spirit needs to be brought into these talks."

Mr Robinson, 66, spent Friday night at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast as a "precautionary measure" after suffering an adverse reaction to his medication.

The politician has endured a gruelling schedule of late, with Stormont on the brink of collapse after a man was murdered by Provisional IRA members in August.

He temporarily stood aside as First Minister on 10 September, after his attempts to adjourn the devolved assembly for urgent talks were unsuccessful.

On Twitter, Mr Robinson's political rivals had expressed concern over his hospitalisation – wishing him a speedy recovery.

In May, the DUP leader spent four nights in hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack, & required three stents fitted to assist the flow of blood.

At the time, he insisted his illness had been exacerbated by a lack of exercise & a reliance on swift food, rather than the stresses of his job.

Source: “Sky News”