Northern Ireland

Peter Robinson gets bowl of fruit from Martin McGuinness during hospital visit

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Media captionMartin McGuinness said he hoped the first minister would be out of hospital very shortly

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has visited First minister Peter Robinson in hospital.

Mr Robinson, 66, was taken to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, on Monday morning after he suffered a suspected heart attack.

He was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he underwent a procedure.

Mr McGuinness said he took Mr Robinson a bowl of fruit during his visit on Wednesday night.

"It was my bowl of fruit, because I hadn't eaten anything all day yesterday, so I sacrificed that in the interests of the first minister's health," he joked.

The deputy first minister said: "But hopefully he's on the mend, I would hope he will be out of hospital very shortly.

"I'm not going to speak about his physical condition. I think, knowing Peter, he will talk to the media about that whenever he's able to do so and I'll leave that to him.

"But I obviously felt it was important to go and see him and wish him well and his family well."

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