Former Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson taken to hospital after 'reaction to some medication'

Mr Robinson is said to be 'doing well' after being taken to hospital on Saturday evening

Olivia Blair
Sunday 20 September 2015 11:57

Former Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has been taken to hospital, following a reaction to some medication.

A spokesperson for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said in a statement: “Mr Robinson had a reaction to some medication and was admitted as a precautionary measure. He is doing well and will be discharged soon.”

The leader of the DUP was taken ill on Saturday night and stayed overnight at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

A hospital spokesperson said “he is comfortable and is doing well”.

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland said he was concerned by the news and wished Mr Robinson well in his recovery.

Mr Robinson, 66, was treated in hospital in May for a suspected heart attack, later having three stents fitted. At the time, Mr Robinson blamed his illness on his unhealthy diet and lifestyle.

Mr Robinson stepped down as First Minister earlier this month after opposition parties rejected his calls to adjourn the Northern Ireland Assembly in light of a political crisis sparked by the murder of a former member of the IRA, Kevin McGuigan in August.

Additional reporting by PA

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