A Sinn Fein Speaker in Stormont
For the first time ever!!! Since Belfast existed!!
Since Stormont Parliament was constituted in 1920!
After 95 years
The role of Speaker finally passes into the hands of a person representing 45% of the population who vote Nationalist and Republican
Unionist hegemony ends
and a new day dawns in Northern Ireland
Another nail in the coffin of Unionist/Orange hegemony
We were expecting this
We told you about the Requiem last year
How did a Republican Speaker come about?
Back in Ian Paisley’s time
it was agreed Sinn Fein could take on the role of Speaker, half-way through the current Assembly term,
Wasn’t that a couple of years ago? There’s an election coming up this May.
The DUP refused to back him
until a dispute over welfare reform was resolved.
Which it was in the Stormont House Disagreement
So he’ll be Speaker only for a few months?
Yes. But as Mitchel McLaughlin (69) a former Sinn Féin general secretary from the Bogside in Derry, said
“It is a new beginning that there is somebody from a broad nationalist/republican tradition in this position. History is being made.”
“MLAs should hang their heads in shame over the decision“.
SDLP and UUP described his nomination as “a DUP/ Sinn Fein power-carve up”