2011 Sinn Fein/DUP Speaker Deal

In 2011 during the election of William Hay as speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly it was agreed that Sinn Féin would assume the post in May 2014. First Minister Peter Robinson (DUP) confirmed the deal to the Stormont Assembly.

 

Following William Hay’s retirement due to ill health the DUP apparently reneged on the deal.


 

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  • Megatron_

    “Apparently” reneged…as in the chair I am sitting on “apparently” exists

  • Michael Henry

    Not be long before some DUP spokesperson comes out that they did not make this deal and it’s slanderous to say that we would make this deal- and you reporters are outrages for keeping saying this- not be long till they set Dodds on you fireman- sparks will fly and who would put out those flames-

  • streetlegal

    Robinson is now experiencing the full indignity of being jerked around like a puppet on a string by The Mighty Dodds.

  • barnshee

    a poor show

  • Jag

    Off topic, but is no-one going to say anything about the fact that six of the 12 MPs who last night voted against the recognition of Palestine, were DUPers (the list is here).

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141013/debtext/141013-0004.htm

    Happily, 274 MPs voted in favour, but just shows you how out of touch the DUPers are on some issues. The vote is in line with Quartet view of two-country solution with security for both.

  • Tacapall

    Well that’s not unusual Jag, some within the DUP actually believe they are descendants of the lost tribe of Israel. But to everyone else its obvious who they are descendent from – Perfidious Albion.

  • Comrade Stalin

    I thought it amusing that the SDLP took so much interest in British foreign policy. I thought they were nationalists.

  • Mister_Joe

    How non-British; an Ulsterman’s word is NOT his bond. Bunch of hypocrites

  • carl marks

    I’m surprised that anybody’s surprised; the DUP has only kept its word when it suited them and the thought of a republican being speaker is a promise too far for them.

    They look over their shoulder and see wee Jim playing to the lowest Common Denominator (that same LCD that they rode to power on) the OO now dictates DUP policy, Peter is dying the death of a thousand cuts and has been forced to bet it all on a few hundred yards at Ardoyne, the graduated response isn’t going anywhere.

    What they don’t seem to realise is that breaking this deal will make it so much harder for any of the governments to take them seriously in future talks.

  • Alan N/Ards

    Hi Carl Spot on post. The DUP should hang their head in shame. My old man taught me that If you give your word you keep it. Shameful.
    Joe got it right as well. Hypocrites!

  • Alan N/Ards

    Hi Carl Spot on post. The DUP should hang their head in shame. My old man taught me that If you give your word you keep it. Shameful.
    Joe got it right as well. Hypocrites!

  • Bryan Magee

    Mark Durkan made an excellent speech on Palestine – in this case rebutting Ian Paisley’s arguments effectively – as he often does.

    If you want to join the RoI it doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t use your democratic rights to represent your constituents views within the UK parliament, while NI is in the UK. That is the SDLP’s position and I agree with it.

    Mark has made a great many memorable speeches this Parliament, including on the Gay Marriage legislation, as well as on Syria , Mental Health, and Suicide, just to mention a few that come to mind.

    He is very eloquent and coherent in his contributions.

  • Bryan Magee

    Mark Durkan made an excellent speech on Palestine – in this case rebutting Ian Paisley’s arguments effectively – as he often does.

    If you want to join the RoI it doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t use your democratic rights to represent your constituents views within the UK parliament, while NI is in the UK. That is the SDLP’s position and I agree with it.

    Mark has made a great many memorable speeches this Parliament, including on the Gay Marriage legislation, as well as on Syria , Mental Health, and Suicide, just to mention a few that come to mind.

    He is very eloquent and coherent in his contributions.