Assembly Speaker McLaughlin met Farage during visit

Ukip leader Nigel Farage
Ukip leader Nigel Farage

The Assembly has confirmed that Ukip leader Nigel Farage met the Assembly Speaker during the Ukip leader’s visit to Belfast on Monday.

Mr Farage was in Northern Ireland for an anti-EU rally in Belfast on Monday night, but the MEP also met several senior political figures during his time in the Province, including the Sinn Fein MLA.

Mitchel McLaughlin is Sinn Fein's first Assembly Speaker

Mitchel McLaughlin is Sinn Fein's first Assembly Speaker

The Ukip leader was pictured with DUP leader Peter Robinson at Stormont Castle.

Mr Robinson publicised the meeting via Twitter, posting a photo of himself and Nigel Dodds with Mr Farage and Ukip’s Northern Ireland leader, David McNarry.

Mr Robinson said: “Between talks meetings, Nigel Dodds and I welcomed Nigel Farage and David McNarry to Stormont Castle.”

An Assembly spokeswoman said: “The Speaker held a courtesy call to welcome the leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, to Parliament Buildings during his visit to Belfast on Monday as he would routinely do in his representational role with visitors from other regions and particularly with representatives from other Parliaments.

“Mr McNarry MLA accompanied Mr Farage to the meeting.”

However, rumours among some Ukip members that Mr Farage met Sinn Fein deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness during his visit to Belfast are incorrect.

A spokesman for Sinn Fein said that the political leaders had not met during Mr Farage’s visit.