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Hay 'to be appointed as Speaker'
William Hay
Mr Hay is expected to be named as Speaker
The DUP's William Hay is to be appointed as the Speaker of the new NI Assembly, it is understood.

The Foyle assembly member is expected to take over the role from the transitional Speaker, Eileen Bell, when the assembly meets next week.

Donegal born, Mr Hay has been Mayor of Derry City Council and has represented the DUP on the Policing Board.

Meanwhile, sources have said Sinn Fein's Francie Molloy will be a principal deputy speaker.

It is also understood the party will be seeking the Speaker's role in a future assembly.





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