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Tuesday 6 December 2016

DUP chief Peter Robinson stable after heart scare

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson
Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson

Northern Ireland’s First Minister spent the night in hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Peter Robinson (66) underwent a procedure at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital earlier yesterday.

He was transferred in an ambulance to the RVH’s specialist cardiac unit after seeking treatment at the Ulster Hospital which is close to his home in the Castlereagh hills.

A spokeswoman for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust confirmed: “Mr Robinson underwent a procedure this morning and is currently recovering in the Royal Victoria Hospital.”

His admission comes on the eve of a crucial debate on welfare reform which has been threatening to collapse the power-sharing institutions at Stormont.

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A DUP statement said: “The First Minister felt unwell this morning and has been admitted to the hospital for further tests.”

Messages of good will have flooded in from across the UK, Ireland and America throughout much of the day.

British prime minister David Cameron was among the first politicians to express concern.

He said on Twitter: “My best wishes to Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson who is in hospital. I hope he has a speedy recovery.”

Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also used Twitter to show their support.

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