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