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Peter Robinson Niall Carson
Northern Ireland

Peter Robinson has had a suspected heart attack

The North’s First Minister felt unwell this morning, the DUP said.

Updated 1.35pm 

NORTHERN IRELAND’S FIRST Minister Peter Robinson has been admitted to hospital after a suspected heart attack this morning.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) confirmed its party leader felt unwell and has been taken to hospital for further tests.

No further details were provided but the BBC reports Robinson has been admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack.

The 66-year-old was taken to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald before he was later transferred to Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH).

In a statement, the hospital said:

Mr Robinson underwent a procedure this morning and is currently recovering in the RVH. He and his family have requested the need for privacy from this point onwards.

Robinson has been an MLA for East Belfast since 1998 and has been First Minister since 2008 when he took over from Ian Paisley.

Several political leaders have been tweeting their best wishes today:

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