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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