19-year-old Kirk McCambley Named Iris Robinson’s Lover
The affair confessed by Iris Robinson, the wife of Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson, got a little more messy when it was revealed on Thursday that the 60-year-old politician had the affair with a 19-year-old. The Democratic Unionist Party leader was trying to show that business would go on as usual by returning to work, although the affair was just revealed on Wednesday night, as well as the fact that his wife tried to kill herself from quilt last March.
However, their decision to make the news public only fueled more rumors prior to a BBC Northern Ireland documentary last night. The program alleged financial impropriety on Mrs. Robinson’s part and named (now 21) Kirk McCambley, a South Belfast cafe proprietor, as her lover. The documentary claims that she set up the then teenage lover with a business, for which she raised £50,000 in donations from property developers. Then Castlereagh Borough Council granted McCambley’s lease for The Lock Keeper’s Inn, a meeting she was at as alderman to approve the lease.
Furthermore, it was alleged that she then demanded McCambley give her a £5,000 cut from the two cheques amounting to £50,000. The rest of the money was spent on catering equipment. However, when their relationship went bad, she is said to have demanded the money back, half of which is claimed to have gone to a church she and Mr Robinson attended.
The BBC issued a statement that, in line with their usual editorial processes and editorial guidelines, they put the allegations on the Robinson family and wait for their response. When asked by BBC’s Northern Ireland Political Editor Mark Devenport if they have done anything illegal, Mr Robinson said that he’s completely sure everything he’s done has been as it should, and the letter he received from a BBC organization had no allegations against him in it.