Northern Ireland Sex Scandal

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First couple Peter Robinson and his wife Iris in 2008

The scandal seemed ready-made for the British tabloids. First, Peter Robinson, the head of Northern Ireland's government, admitted that his 60-year-old wife Iris had embarked on an affair with a teenager two years ago. Then came the allegations that she had obtained $80,000 from two property developers to help her lover set up a café and that Peter Robinson, upon learning of the deal, failed to report it. Finally, following days of lurid headlines, the political fallout began.

On Jan. 11, Peter Robinson announced that he would step aside as First Minister for six weeks, saying he needed...

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