Northern Ireland

Iris Robinson council inquiry to go ahead

Iris Robinson
Image caption The council is to look into Iris Robinson's behaviour as a councillor

An independent investigation set up by Castlereagh Borough Council into the activities of former councillor and MP Iris Robinson is to go ahead.

The inquiry was delayed whilst the PSNI investigated issues raised by the BBC Spotlight programme.

It revealed a council contract to run the Lock Keepers Inn was awarded to Mrs Robinson's then-lover Kirk McCambley.

A council spokeswoman said consultancy firm Deloitte would begin its investigation as soon as possible.

The inquiry will examine whether the council suffered financial loss by awarding the lease for the cafe to Mr McCambley.

Mrs Robinson procured money from two developers to help Mr McCambley to open the cafe.

She then attended a council meeting when the lease was awarded and broke the law by not declaring an interest.

Investigators will also be asked to ascertain whether or not council officers and members complied with local government legislation and to examine if any impropriety took place.

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