I'm no fan of Iris Robinson's politics. Her comments in 2008 describing homosexuality as an "abomination" and recommending gays attend a Christian psychiatrist for "a cure" were some of the most offensive, ignorant words I have ever heard an elected representative use.
However, I take no joy in her anounced decision to retire from public office. I am glad she has been open and honest about her reasons for retiring, naming bouts of severe depression as the main factor behind her decision.
For too long in this country, depression and mental health problems in general have remained taboo subjects that perhaps subconsciously, we continue to avoid and hide. To name the "Black Dog" openly is a positive development in the world of politics. Hopefully, Iris Robinson's honesty will contribute to a new openess in society regarding mental health.