What of this business Mrs Robinson urged people to invest in? In Iris’s statement, she said:
I encouraged friends to assist him (her lover) by providing financial support for a business venture.
I accept that. However there is further background to that side of the story – I understand money from the public purse has gone into helping to make this business a reality. As a result there is a strong public interest issue to pursue here.
Castlereagh Borough Council (supported by the EU Building Sustainable Prosperity Programme, administered by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment) constructed the building which houses this young man’s business.
It is widely understood that Iris Robinson is an influential figure in Castlereagh council. And while I am not alleging impropriety, I have no doubt that the ratepayers of Castlereagh will want to be reassured that the process behind the divestment of their money was completely transparent. And I have no doubt that Castlereagh Borough Councillors will also want to reassure ratepayers that no one received any personal advantage / preferential treatment from public servants due to a relationship with Mrs Robinson.
I haven’t posted this to cause anxiety to anyone, the personal peccadilloes behind this affair are irrelevant. Were there no whiff of public moneys involved, I would not have posted this. I feel that there is a strong public interest issue here which must be satisfied.
PS. I have no idea what’s in the Spotlight programme. So I don’t know if this is touched upon by the BBC.