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Wife of N. Ireland leader to step down

January 10, 2010

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— The wife of Northern Ireland’s leader will step down as a lawmaker within days, media reported Saturday, as pressure mounted on Peter Robinson’s shaky coalition government over her admissions of an affair with a far-younger man.

The BBC and Britain’s Press Association cited unidentified sources within the Robinson’s Democratic Unionist Party as saying that his wife, Iris, 60, would relinquish her dual position as parliamentarian in London and representative to Northern Ireland’s regional assembly in Belfast within days.

The reported move follows the revelation she had an adulterous relationship with a man nearly 40 years her junior — and allegations that she solicited tens of thousands of pounds (dollars) from businessmen to help the teen launch a cafe.

Iris Robinson was 58 at the time, and the man, Kirk McCambley, was 19.

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