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Michelle O'Neill


Michelle O'Neil

Email: [email protected]

Michelle O'Neill is married to Paddy and they have two children, Saoirse and Ryan and is currently the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Assembly.

Michelle has been involved in political activism since a young age and has held various senior positions in Mid-Ulster Sinn Féin.

Michelle has a strong background in social welfare issues and is a qualified welfare rights advisor. From the Good Friday agreement was signed she worked as a Political Advisor to Francie Molloy from 1998 when the Assembly was established, up until she was elected to Council in 2005.  In 2010 she became the first woman to take on the role of Mayor.  Alongside her council role in 2007 she was elected to the Assembly and held positions of health spokesperson and sat on the education committee. 

In May 2011, she was appointed as Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development

In her time in the council Michelle was a strong voice for equality and in particular in promoting the role of woman in community and public life. Michelle has been an active member of a number of community groups and organisations. 

Coming from a rural community Michelle has always had a keen interest in rural issues and maintaining the rural way of life.   She is a member of Clonoe O’Rahillys GAA group.

Portfolio: Minister for Agriculture & Rural Development

Constituency Office:
Coalisland Sinn Féin Office
9 The Square
Co.Tyrone  BT714LN
Phone: 02887 748689

Email: [email protected]

Mon- Fri 9.30am – 4.00pm

Last updated: 28th May 2013

Statements (242)

O’Neill concerned about drop in agricultural incomes28 January, 2016

Ireland's place is in the EU - Michelle O'Neill26 January, 2016

O'Neill expresses sympathy following Tryone death23 January, 2016

Michelle O'Neill hosts meeting to co-ordinate efforts to tackle flooding7 January, 2016

Agriculture Minister O'Neill visits flood hit Fermanagh6 January, 2016

O’Neill nets over £15.5m in fishing opportunities for the north16 December, 2015

Over 3,300 farmers apply to join Business Development Groups15 December, 2015

O’Neill launches postgraduate research studentships15 December, 2015

O'Neill commends multi-agency response to heavy rain7 December, 2015

Cooperation is the key to rural health and wellbeing: O’Neill26 November, 2015