Ruane honoured to be elected as Principal Deputy Speaker
Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has said she was honoured to be elected as Principal Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.
Ms Ruane said;
"I was honoured to be elected as Principal Deputy Speaker of the new Assembly.
"I will carry out the duties of the office in a spirit of respect, inclusivity and fairness, following in the footsteps of my party colleague and former Speaker, Mitchel McLaughlin.
"Jim Allister's bluster around my appointment is nothing but the usual ranting from a leader on the back of yet another disastrous election whose only achievement has been to take his party to to the verge of political oblivion.
"I have been entrusted with this position and I look forward to carrying out duties in the chamber to promote and facilitate debate in a respectful and inclusive manner."