Hay says his decision to step down was not linked to questions over expenses

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – January 16, 2015 Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project The former Northern Ireland Assembly speaker, William Hay, has said he did not quit Stormont over allegations about his expenses.Mr Hay, who has previously served as a Derry City Councillor and a Foyle MLA stepping down for health reasons, and is adamant that is the only reason he did so.Mr Hay has given his first media interview since stepping down as an MLA and speaker late last yearThe longstanding DUP suspended a member of his staff after the discovery of an irregularity in his office allowances, and his departure from office coincided with allegations made in a BBC Spotlight programme about his expenses and an oil bill.Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle, Mr Hay said he contacted the police to report the discovery of possible fraud in his Foyle constituency office. He said “There’s an ongoing police investigation but I made the first move here and I have no regrets on that whatsoever, absolutely none.”Asked if his conscience was clear Mr Hay said it was.He has been receiving treatment for a heart condition, and says he stepped down because of health reasons, and only because of health reasons.He says he neglected his health, and began experiencing chest pains. He described it as “the kind of scare you don’t ignore”. Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Hay says his decision to step down was not linked to questions over expensescenter_img Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Previous articleUpdate – ESB and Eircom crews working to restore servicesNext articleRoute changes for Donegal Marathon 2015 News Highland Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglarylast_img read more

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Conor and Ella were Donegal’s most popular baby names in 2012

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Conor and Ella were Donegal’s most popular baby names in 2012 By News Highland – May 31, 2013 Pinterest Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Twitter Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist WhatsApp Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Google+ Google+center_img Facebook WhatsApp Conor and Ella were the most popular baby names in Donegal last year replacing Ryan and SarahThe CSO has released the top five boys and girls names for 2012.Nationally, the top five boys names last year were Jack, James, Daniel, Sean and Conor; whilst the girls were Emily, Sophie, Emma, Grace and Lily.Jack has topped the poll since 2007 and Emily has held the spot since 2011.There were three first time entries to the top 100 for boys – Isaac, Danny and Logan.  The highest new entry at number 85 was Isaac, rising from 101st place in 2011.Whilst there were five first time entries for girls: Evie, Amelie, Hanna, Maisie and Rose. The highest new entry and the name that climbed most places since 2011 was Evie; it rose 40 places from 124th place in 2011 to 84th place in 2012 Previous articlePublic meeting to discuss bed closures and future of Carndonagh HospitalNext articleColaiste Ailigh fares well in The Irish Times survey of secondary schools News Highland Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Twitter Pinterest Facebook Newslast_img read more

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