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Anger as report into Robinsons is delayed

By Noel McAdam

A Stormont watchdog has been accused of dragging his feet after it emerged a report into Peter and Iris Robinson will not be made public for several weeks.

The Assembly's Standards and Privileges Committee is still working through several legal issues surrounding the 300-page report which is understood to have exonerated First Minister Robinson.

But according to sources it concludes that Mrs Robinson breached the Assembly code of conduct by failing to declare loans worth £50,000 she obtained from two property developers to help her then lover set up a business.

It is more than three-and-a-half years since the inquiry started.

Assembly sources indicated it could be the last week in October before the report is published.

TUV leader Jim Allister said the report should be published sooner rather than later, and the delay "only compounds the feeling that there has been feet-dragging".

An Assembly spokesperson said the report would be published "as soon as reasonably practicable".

Publication has been delayed by a legal challenge from a solicitor acting of behalf of Mrs Robinson.

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