Stewart Dickson MLA said: “This has just confirmed what we already knew; that Peter Robinson is only interested in the politics of ‘us and them’. He is heightening tensions with these unacceptable comments. No politician should ever seek to direct a judge on an individual case.
“He has said that he is the First Minister of the people but this statement shows that he is only interested in being the First Minister of Unionism.
“I do not share the politics of Mr Robinson. He wants to exclude people. I want to appeal and work on behalf of everyone.”