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Peter Robinson denies asking adviser to send legal letter to son

Former First Minister Peter Robinson has denied that he asked a DUP special adviser to send privileged legal information to his son.

It emerged at the RHI Inquiry on Thursday that adviser Dr Andrew Crawford sent a privileged legal letter to Mr Robinson's son Gareth who worked at a public relations firm at the time.

Dr Crawford was the special adviser to then Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster when the RHI scheme was set up.

The letter sent to Gareth Robinson was linked to the controversial planning case involving a John Lewis store at Sprucefield.

Dr Crawford admitted that he gave Mr Robinson's son preferential treatment and said he would reply to his enquiries quicker than other PR firms.

He told the inquiry he may have been “clumsy” and attached the legal letter, but “it’s something I shouldn’t have done”.

Dr Crawford added that it was likely he sent the email on the request of Peter Robinson, First Minister at the time, or his then advisor Richard Bullick.

He said that he didn't believe the information would be of any value to Gareth Robinson.

However, Mr Robinson issued a statement to BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan Show denying asking Dr Crawford to share the information.

He also said that he not ask Mr Bullick to have the letter sent to his son.

Mr Robinson said he was not aware of Mr Bullick asking Dr Crawford to share the information.

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