Iris Robinson has made her first public appearance since the scandal that brought an end to her political career and saw her remove herself completely from public life to deal with both the ramifications of her affair and also the mental illness that plagued her.
I'm sure that Peter Robinson is pleased that Iris is on the right road to recovery from her illness and he clearly deserves credit for being able to work through some truly horrible times and keep his marriage and family together.
What is of concern to me though, is that the public in Northern Ireland take Iris 'back' into public life without question. I don't feel we, as the public have the right to judge Iris Robinson for her affair and it is right that people are shown compassion and forgiveness when they make mistakes because, after all, every one makes them. For Iris however, the affair isn't my problem with her being welcomed back with open arms. It is her opinion on homosexuality.
Be under no illusions; Iris is homophobic. This cannot be disputed because it is fact.
Iris Robinson's comments on homosexuality are a matter of public record and she has, as yet, never sought to apologise for them so one can fairly assume she still holds them. Even Ian Paisley Jnr has said he has matured on the issue, which while not a full apology and acceptance he was wrong, does at least show he is heading in the right direction.
The public should be cautious about accepting back, without question, a woman who was so keen to judge and condemn others for committing sins proscribed in her Bible whilst she herself was busy committing them herself.