Veteran DUP man William Hay has been appointed to the House of Lords it has been confirmed.
Commenting on the announcement the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, said: “I am delighted but humbled by today’s announcement. When I first entered politics in Londonderry, I would never have imagined that I would have had the opportunities which have been presented to me, particularly in recent years. It has been a great privilege for me to have been able to serve all the people of Londonderry for over 35 years, a city which I am very proud to call home, and to have been able to serve the Northern Ireland Assembly as Speaker since 2007.
“Both those roles have their challenges, and there certainly have been many times which have not been easy, but I am conscious that I could not have done them without the support of others, whether it be from family, friends, constituents, colleagues from my own party or indeed other parties, Assembly staff and many others. I take this appointment as a tribute to that support for which I am extremely grateful and I look forward to continuing to represent Londonderry and Northern Ireland in the House of Lords in the future.”
William Hay was born in 1950 in County Donegal and attended Faughan Valley High School in Drumahoe.
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.
William Hay was elected Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 8 May 2007 following the restoration of devolution.