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Peter Robinson: Former first minister gets back into business

Peter Robinson giving his final leader's speech at the DUP annual's conference last year. Picture by Colm Lenaghan, Pacemaker

FORMER first minister Peter Robinson has launched a new Belfast company as he begins to adjust to life away from Stormont.

The ex-DUP leader is the sole director of Rock Global Services Group Limited (RGSG).

Mr Robinson (67) is not obliged to specify the nature of his company's business until its first accounts are due in October 2017.

In an email to The Irish News Mr Robinson said: "I have registered a company RGSG to cover any business arrangements I may undertake in the future.

"I am, as I said when leaving office, taking time to consider my options. I have not entered into any business undertakings yet....

"I'm still holding out for my offer from The Irish News to write for them. Lol."

Mr Robinson would not be drawn on whether one business opportunity being considered would be to advise foreign and domestic property speculators interested in investing in Northern Ireland.

The former East Belfast MP, who stepped down as an MLA at the end of March, is no stranger to the property market, having worked as an estate agent before entering politics in 1971.

The former DUP leader's new company was registered on January 14, three days after he was officially replaced by Arlene Foster as first minister.

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