As he joked with the media, even the laughter could not brighten his weary-looking eyes.
He has had an arduous year following the scandal of his wife’s affair and financial dealings, now the subject of a police inquiry.
Mr Robinson has also had to deal with a temporary stand-down as First Minister, disquiet in his party and mammoth negotiations with regard to policing and justice.
In a frank interview with the Belfast Telegraph last month, the First Minister admitted he had lost 35 pounds (two-and-a-half stone) in the last 10 months and wryly commented: “It’s not a diet plan I would recommend.”
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