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Michelle O'Neill

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Michelle O’Neill has been involved in republican politics from her teens and has held various senior positions within Sinn Féin.

A qualified welfare rights advisor, Michelle has a strong background in social welfare issues.

She has worked in the Assembly since 1998, initially as political advisor to Francie Molloy, before being elected to Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council in 2005.

In 2010 she became the first woman to hold the position of Mayor of the Dungannon council area.

Michelle was elected to the Assembly for the Mid Ulster constituency in 2007, sitting on the education committee and serving as Sinn Féin’s health spokesperson.

In 2011 she was appointed as Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development and in that role has overseen significant growth in the agriculture industry and strengthened all-Ireland agricultural links.

Michelle has delivered a record-breaking Rural Development Programme to support farmers and those living in rural areas.

She has also delivered improvements in the Single Farm Payments allowing farmers to access payments quicker.

Michelle is the first Executive minister to decentralise a government department with the relocation of the DARD headquarters to Ballykelly in County Derry. Alongside moving her Rivers Agency Headquarters to Cookstown creating 80 jobs in Mid Ulster.

Statements (253)

O'Neill welcomes Development Trust for Lough Neagh29 April, 2016

SDLP leader needs to explain attempt to con the electorate - O'Neill28 April, 2016

SDLP manifesto based on Alice in Wonderland economics - O'Neill22 April, 2016

O'Neill visits construction site of new Rivers Agency office4 April, 2016

O'Neill hails £1Billion 'Going For Growth' success3 April, 2016

Significant step forward for Desertcreat emergency services training college - O'Neill10 March, 2016

O'Neill announces new emergency flooding assistance for non-domestic properties10 March, 2016

Cameron is struggling to control referendum Frankenstein - O'Neill27 February, 2016

Minister O’Neill secures broadband access for rural businesses12 February, 2016

Minister O’Neill urges better co-operation across industry to tackle crisis12 February, 2016

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