Northern Ireland’s First Minister Robinson hospitalised

Peter Robinson is moved Royal Victoria Hospital for further tests after being suspected of suffering a heart attack

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader and the First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson felt ill and was hospitalised in Ulster Hospital in Dundonald in County Down, North Ireland on Monday.

After he was moved to Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Northern Ireland’s capital city Belfast, the hospital stated that "he and his family have requested the need for privacy from this point onwards."

“Mr. Robinson underwent a procedure this morning and is currently recovering in the  RVH,” the doctors said.

DUP spokesman announced that the first minister “felt unwell this morning and has been admitted to the hospital for some further tests.”

Most British political leaders, including Prime Minister David Cameron, tweeted about Robinson’s situation and wished him a speedy recovery.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness tweeted that “my thoughts and prayers are with him and family.”

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt wrote that "I am sorry to hear that the first minister has been taken into hospital this morning and I wish Peter a full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with him and his family."

Robinson was about to face a hard battle in his political life over a welfare reform bill in Ulster. Although the DUP and Robinson tried to convince their coalition parties to sign the reforms, two Irish nationalist parties, Sinn Féin and the SDLP announced that they will veto the bill in order to prevent public sector budget cuts.

Peter Robinson has long been a controversial figure in Ireland’s politics. The DUP expelled Robinson’s wife over her affair with a teenage boy in 2010. Robinson himself also faced demands for his resignation in 2014 over a scandal which involved 180 IRA suspects being freed with “amnesty” letters.

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