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Date set for Iris Robinson's council seat by-election

Iris Robinson
Iris Robinson resigned as a councillor following a BBC investigation

The date has been set for a by-election to fill the Castlereagh Borough Council seat left vacant by the resignation of Iris Robinson.

The Castlereagh East by-election will be held on Thursday 6 May.

The DUP had put forward a preferred candidate to replace Mrs Robinson, but the by-election was forced by objections raised by two other parties.

It is believed the poll will cost the council between £20,000 and £30,000.

Mrs Robinson resigned as an MP, assembly member and councillor following a BBC Spotlight programme which reported she obtained £50,000 from two developers to help her teenage lover open a cafe business.

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