Northern Ireland politico Iris Robinson gained notoriety this year for repeatedly coming out against the gays, a “sick” group she thinks would benefit from reparative therapy.

Well, in a twist of ironic fate, Robinson’s husband, N.I.’s First Minister, Peter Robinson and his office will be giving gay groups about £80,000 in grants this year:

It has further been revealed that money from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) helped fund this year’s Gay Pride parade in Belfast.

The ongoing OFMDFM allocations are part of a £230,000 package put in place under direct rule by then Secretary of State Peter Hain.

This scheme has continued under devolution, alongside rows over anti-gay comments by prominent DUP politicians – including MLA Iris Robinson, the First Minister’s wife.

The £230,000 package is administered by the Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSO), an umbrella organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups across the province.

Politics, strange bedfellows and all that.

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