“I think it takes an awful lot for granted if we are to assume we’ll be even breathing” – Peter Robinson on fickleness of office

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Rodney Edwards of the The Impartial Reporter interviewed the First Minister Peter Robinson back in March of this year. The Fermanagh journalist asked the DUP leader if he intended to step down after the next term of the Assembly. Here’s Robinson responded to Edwards:

“I don’t think that any of us can answer that and I think it takes an awful lot for granted if we are to assume we’ll be even breathing that long. But if the Lord gives me and spares me through all of that period of time I will judge when I retire not on the basis of elections or the calendar, I’ll judge it on the basis of what is the appropriate time to hand over to someone else, what is the stage where we have delivered the key objectives that I have set myself and that seems to be the best point. And I’ll do that in consultation with party colleagues.”

Watch here at three mins, 53 seconds.


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