William Hay (Northern Ireland politician)

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William Hay
3rd Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Assumed office
8 May 2007
Deputy David McClarty (2007–11)
Francie Molloy (2007–2013)
Martin McGuinness (2013–present)
John Dallat (2007–pres)
Roy Beggs Jr (2011–pres)
Preceded by Eileen Bell
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Foyle
Assumed office
25 June 1998
Preceded by New Creation
Personal details
Born (1950-04-16) 16 April 1950 (age 64)
County Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Nationality Irish[1]
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
Spouse(s) Doris McMorris
Religion Presbyterian
Other organizations Orange Order
Website DUP profile

William "Willie" Hay MLA (born 16 April 1950 in County Donegal, Ireland) is the current Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly. He attended Faughan Valley High School in Drumahoe, County Londonderry.

Political career[edit]

Hay was elected to Londonderry City Council in Northern Ireland in 1981 for the Democratic Unionist Party. He served as Mayor in 1993 and Deputy Mayor in 1992, and was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998. He is a member of the Northern Ireland Housing Council and the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commission.[2] and in 2001 became a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

William Hay was elected Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 8 May 2007 following the restoration of devolution.

In 2014, the DUP nominated him for a life peerage to the House of Lords and he has opted to sit as a crossbencher there.[3]

He also is a prominent member of the Orange Order[4] and Apprentice Boys of Derry.

He is an Irish citizen with an Irish passport to avoid having to pay an £860 UK naturalisation fee required for people, such as him, born in the Irish Republic after 1946.[1]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Bradley
Mayor of Derry
Succeeded by
Annie Courtney
Preceded by
Eileen Bell
Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Northern Ireland Assembly
New creation Assembly Member for Foyle