Robinson set to visit Irish Open

First Minister Peter Robinson is due to meet investors in Newcastle on Saturday
First Minister Peter Robinson is due to meet investors in Newcastle on Saturday

Peter Robinson is expected to start resuming his engagements almost immediately.

Peter Robinson is expected to start resuming his engagements almost immediately.

The News Letter understands that he is scheduled to attend a meeting with investors at the Irish Open in Newcastle, Co Down on Saturday morning, and that he intends to keep the appointment.

It is expected he will also greet members of the public at the sporting extravaganza, which will be the first time he has taken part in an event in his role as First Minister since he was taken to hospital on Monday morning.

His admission had followed a suspected heart attack at his home in the Castlereagh area, after the 66-year-old had been working late the night before.

He had initially been taken to the Ulster Hospital in the east of Belfast, and then later to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in the city’s west.

Mr Robinson used the website Twitter yesterday to thank the staff who had cared for him, writing: “Happy to be discharged and back home. Thanks to the wonderful RVH cardiac team – everyone a star.

“Many thanks to all who sent messages of support & encouragement in the last week. Your thoughts & prayers have been really appreciated.”

It is not believed Mr Robinson has any history of heart-related health problems.

On Tuesday, the DUP party chairman Lord Morrow had gone up to visit Mr Robinson, and described him as being in a “jovial” mood.

Following his exit from hospital Lord Morrow told the News Letter: “It’s a pleasant surprise, and I’m glad of that. I’d still say to him, if I may, that he should just take it easy for a wee while, and work at less of a pace than he has been doing of late.”

He also said it was a surprise he was planning to visit the Irish Open so soon after being discharged, and said: “He must really be feeling on top. I wish him well and am looking forward to meeting up with him again.”

On Thursday, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness visited Mr Robinson in hospital and took him a gift of a bowl of fruit.

The coalition partners have had a notoriously frosty relationship compared to that enjoyed by Mr McGuinness and former DUP First Minister Ian Paisley.

Mr McGuinness announced on Twitter: “Pleased that Peter Robinson has been discharged from Hospital. Spoke to the very impressive RVH cardiac team when I visited. #GreatPeople.”

Politicians including Prime Minister David Cameron, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and US envoy Gary Hart also passed on messages of goodwill.