Sinn Féin's Mitchel McLaughlin was elected speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly on Monday
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Sinn Féin's Mitchel McLaughlin elected as NI Assembly speaker

Sinn Féin's Mitchel McLaughlin has been elected as the new speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The DUP's William Hay retired as speaker in October 2014 due to ill health.

The two biggest parties previously agreed that Sinn Féin would take over the speaker's role halfway through the current Assembly term.

  • 12 Jan 2015