Robinson in plea for donor anonymity

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THE threat to political donors from terrorism in Northern Ireland should be taken seriously, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party said yesterday.

Benefactors are not named there over fears they could be intimidated. First Minister Peter Robinson denied donations won influence and warned about lifting the veil of anonymity without careful thought. “It is not worth having someone killed or injured to remove perceptions,” he said.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers is considering possible changes to how the devolved Assembly at Stormont is run.