William Hay (Northern Ireland politician)

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The Lord Hay of Ballyore
3rd Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
In office
8 May 2007 – 13 October 2014
Deputy David McClarty (2007–11)
Francie Molloy (2007–13)
Mitchell McLaughlin (2013–14)
John Dallat (2007–14)
Roy Beggs Jr (2011–14)
Preceded by Eileen Bell
Succeeded by TBC
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Foyle
In office
25 June 1998 – 13 October 2014
Preceded by New Creation
Succeeded by Maurice Devenney
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 Hay, Baron Hay of Ballyore (born 16 April 1950 in County Donegal, Ireland) was the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly from 8 May 2007 to 13 October 2014 . 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]

On 6 October 2014, Hay announced his retirement from the Northern Ireland Assembly as both MLA and Speaker. The role of the Speaker had been taken on by Mitchel McLaughlin in a temporary capacity in September 2014 because of Hay's ill health. However, in a letter read to the Assembly, he announced his retirement from the Assembly effective from 13 October 2014 in order to concentrate on returning to good health.[5][6][7]

Hay was created a Life Peer on 16 December 2014 taking the title Baron Hay of Ballyore, of Ballyore in the City of Londonderry.[8]


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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
Succeeded by
Northern Ireland Assembly
New creation Assembly Member for Foyle
Succeeded by
Maurice Devenney