NI First Minister Peter Robinson has suspected heart attack

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:18 GMT, May 25, 2015 |

Northern Ireland’s first minister Peter Robinson has been admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack. Mr Robinson, 66, was taken to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, today (Monday) morning after he became ill.

He was then transferred to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital where he is undergoing tests. The Robinson family have requested privacy at this stage. There are no further details about his condition. Mr Robinson has served as first minister and DUP leader since 2008, succeeding lan Paisley in both jobs.

The DUP has asked that the Robinson family’s privacy should be respected. Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted his best wishes to Mr Robinson, wishing him a speedy recovery.

Other politicians including Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt and Mr Robinson’s Stormont colleague Peter Weir have been quick to take to social media to wish him a speedy recovery. Mr McGuinness tweeted that he was concerned to hear the news. “My thoughts and prayers are with him, Iris and family,” he said.

Mr Nesbitt said: “I am sorry to hear that the first minister has been taken into hospital this morning and I wish Peter a full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with him and his family.”