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New allegations of affairs by the wife of Peter Robinson Northern Ireland's First Minister have surfaced following the shock revelations last week that she had a relationship with a 19-year-old boy, the son of a close friend who she is also said to have slept with.
Iris Robinson resigned and admitted she had attempted suicide after the affair with Kirk McCambley, the youth she also got a $100,000 loan for to start his new restaurant business. That loan is now being investigated.
The Sunday Tribune newspaper has now reported that while her husband was being held in jail in the Irish Republic, Robinson had an affair with a high-ranking member of the Democratic Unionist Party.
"The Sunday Tribune has been told she previously had an affair with McCambley's father, Billy, who had a drink problem. There was another affair in the 1980s with a DUP member. After Peter Robinson led a loyalist invasion into Clontibret, Co Monaghan, the RUC withdrew security from his east Belfast home. Off-duty security force members provided the Robinsons with protection. The DUP member, whose name is known to this newspaper, regularly visited Iris when Peter wasn't at home. They had numerous sexual encounters. We are not publishing his name to protect his privacy," the newspaper claims.
The newspaper also reported that she also claimed that Catholic workers in a restaurant once tried to poison her husband.
"We have to be very careful. About 10 years ago, we had a meal in a restaurant on the outskirts of Belfast that had a very nationalist staff. Peter ordered steak. They put rat poison in it. He suffered bleeding and was extremely sick."
The newspaper also reported that she went to the Reverend Ian Paisley to try and save her marriage. "Sources have also said Iris once visited the Reverend Ian Paisley and said she wanted to leave Peter. Paisley advised her to try to make the marriage work for the sake of their children," the Sunday Tribune reported.
The newspaper stated that she knew McCambley from the time he was nine years old and working in his father's butcher shop. He was an only child and 'extremely vulnerable' after his father died of cancer, which is when she began the affair.
She wanted to leave Peter. Paisley advised her to try to make the marriage work for the sake of their children.
Suzanne Breen, the journalist for The Sunday Tribune, described a visit to Robinson's house.
“The Robinsons' home – a huge white villa in east Belfast – is Iris's pride and joy. The opulence is overpowering: curtains of wine and gold silk rising into a central coronet, towering Chinese vases, hundreds of priceless antiques, and chandeliers in every room. ‘I think I was born in another era,’ Iris said as she gave me a tour. Each room is themed. The dining room is oriental, the sitting room old English, the bathroom Italian, and one bedroom was French. Iris designed them all herself. She hired an artist to paint frescoes – a Tuscan landscape in the bathroom, an African one in the porch.
“A massive four-poster Gothic bed with heart-shaped cushions dominated the Robinsons' bedroom. Iris had her own dressing room. Black lacy underwear was laid out for a function she was attending later. She opened her "bra drawers" to reveal row upon row of sexy lingerie. "Peter has over 1,000 ties and I have as many bras," she said.