N.Ireland First Minister Robinson hospitalised

25th May 2015, Comments 0 comments

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson was admitted to hospital on Monday, according to a party spokesman, for tests on a suspected heart condition.

"The First Minister felt unwell this morning and has been admitted to the hospital for some further tests," said a spokesman for the Democratic Unionist Party.

The 66-year-old, who has been first minister since 2008, was taken by ambulance, arriving at hospital at around 9.00 am (0800 GMT), according to reports.

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted that he wished Robinson a "speedy recovery" while Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams also took to social media, saying "hope he is ok."

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister and leader of the SNP, said: "Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson."

Robinson's DUP endured a tough general election campaign and on Tuesday the Northern Ireland Assembly is due to hold a key debate on welfare reform that the first minister has said could endanger the power-sharing institution.

© 2015 AFP

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