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Iris Robinson

Iris Robinson greets the Queen and Irish president Mary McAleese at a state dinner in Dublin last week (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)

Iris Robinson greets the Queen and Irish president Mary McAleese at a state dinner in Dublin last week (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire)

Kirk McCambley

Kirk McCambley

Iris Robinson with Bertie Ahern (left) and husband Peter Robinson (right)at the State Dinner in honour of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, at Dublin Castle.

Iris Robinson with Bertie Ahern (left) and husband Peter Robinson (right)at the State Dinner in honour of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, at Dublin Castle.

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Kirk McCambley at the Lock Keeper's Inn in Belfast

Kirk McCambley at the Lock Keeper's Inn in Belfast

Kirk McCambley was aged 19 when he had an affair with Iris Robinson

Kirk McCambley was aged 19 when he had an affair with Iris Robinson

Peter and Iris Robinson wait to greet the Queen and Irish President Mary McAleese at a State dinner in  Dublin Castle

Peter and Iris Robinson wait to greet the Queen and Irish President Mary McAleese at a State dinner in Dublin Castle

Arthur Edwards

Kirk McCambley was aged 19 when he had an affair with Iris Robinson

Kirk McCambley was aged 19 when he had an affair with Iris Robinson

Iris Robinson pictured  talking to  Bertie Ahern at the State Dinner in honour of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, at Dublin Castle.

Iris Robinson pictured talking to Bertie Ahern at the State Dinner in honour of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, at Dublin Castle.

John Stillwell

Iris Robinson pictured with her husband Peter

Iris Robinson pictured with her husband Peter

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Iris Robinson

Former unionist MP Iris Robinson has been cleared of any wrongdoing over the awarding of a council business deal to her former teenage lover.

The review was ordered last year after reports that the wife of Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson had an affair with a teenager Kirk McCambley and borrowed money to help him set up business leasing a cafe from Castlereagh Borough Council, where she served as a councillor.

The investigation was focused on whether or not the council suffered a financial loss as a result of the café being leased to McCambley.

It had been alleged that Mrs Robinson attended the 2008 council meeting at which Mr McCambley was awarded the contract, but failed to declare an interest.

The consultants were also asked to examine the role of council officers in the matter and if they complied with local government legislation.

The investigation was also asked to examine whether any impropriety took place.

The terms of reference of the investigation were agreed by representatives of all parties in the council.

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The probe was temporarily suspended last year when the PSNI also launched an investigation into the financial affairs of Mrs Robinson.

The probe, which was carried out by the Organised Crime Branch, investigated claims the First Minster’s wife obtained £50,000 from two property developers to help Kirk McCambley lease the Lock Keeper’s |Inn.

In March this year, the Public Prosecution Service revealed that Mrs Robinson will face no charges.

Also last year, Peter Robinson temporarily stepped down as First Minister after he asked the Departmental Solicitors' Office to engage an independent barrister to examine if he had had acted appropriately.

He resumed his duties weeks later after he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Mrs Robinson left the council, as well as her Assembly and Westminster seats, after the scandal broke.

But last night, councillors given a private briefing on the review said it cleared the council and its representatives of wrong-doing.

DUP group leader on the council, Jimmy Spratt, said: "This report brings this chapter in the history of Castlereagh Borough Council to a close."

He added: "There is no evidence of wrongdoing by officers of the council or either past or current councillors."

Mrs Robinson, who it was already decided was not to face criminal charges, left public life and has been on medical care for treatment for mental illness.

She made her return to the spotlight last week as she accompanied her husband at the dinner hosted for the Queen in Dublin by President Mary McAleese.

Mr Spratt said: "Over the last 14 months, Iris, Peter and their family have been in our thoughts and prayers and we were delighted that Iris felt able to attend the banquet to mark Her Majesty The Queen's visit to the Irish Republic last week.

"We send her continued best wishes for a full recovery."


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