William Hay, Baron Hay of Ballyore
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Hay of Ballyore
|3rd Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly|
8 May 2007 – 13 October 2014
Roy Beggs Jr
|Preceded by||Eileen Bell|
|Succeeded by||Mitchel McLaughlin|
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
25 June 1998 – 13 October 2014
|Preceded by||New Creation|
|Succeeded by||Maurice Devenney|
16 April 1950 |
Milford, Republic of Ireland
|Political party||Democratic Unionist Party|
William Hay, Baron Hay of Ballyore (born 16 April 1950 in Milford, 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.
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. 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. >
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.
In August 2014, it was announced that he would get a life peerage to sit in the House of Lords and he opted to sit there as a crossbencher, despite being nominated by DUP. Hay was ennobled on 16 December 2014, later than usual for a peerage to be gazetted, and took the title Baron Hay of Ballyore, of Ballyore in the City of Londonderry.
- Liam Clarke (8 July 2011). "Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness to make it easier to be British". The Belfast Telegraph.
- Personnel Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners
- "Speaker misses out on the Twelfth.... to say I do". BBC News. 11 July 2010.
- "NI Assembly Speaker William Hay to retire as MLA". BBC News. 6 October 2014.
- "Assembly Speaker to stand down". Belfast Telegraph. 6 October 2014.
- "William Hay retires as Speaker of Assembly". Newsletter. 6 October 2014.
- The London Gazette: . 18 December 2014.
- Londonderry Democratic Unionist Party
- NI Assembly – Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly
- DUP party website profile
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