“I acknowledge that at the next Assembly election, we will support a candidate drawn from the other side of the house.”

The words of then First Minister, Ian Paisley, following the decision of Sinn Fein to agree with the nomination of Willie Hay as Speaker in the last term of the assembly. It is now believed that Sinn Fein want payback, and it is likely they will insist upon Francie Molloy as Speaker in the new assembly term. Of course, whether or not Peter Robinson feels obliged to honour his predecessors commitment is another thing, not least since his immediate post-election antics would suggest the ancestral voices are calling……