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MICHELLE GILDERNEW is from The Brantry, County Tyrone. She is married to Jimmy and is the mother of two boys - Emmet and Eunan, and one girl, Aoise. Michelle is one of a family of 10 and was raised on a small family farm. The Gildernews were leading members of the Civil Rights movement and were centrally involved in the campaign against discrimination in the allocation of council housing in the six counties - a campaign which sparked the origins of the Civil Rights movement.

Michelle has played a key role on the Sinn Féin negotiating teams leading up to the Good Friday Agreement, the St Andrew’s Agreement and the recent Hillsborough Agreement.

Michelle was first elected MLA for Fermanagh/South Tyrone in 1998 and has successfully retained her seat in the 2003 and 2007 elections.

Michelle was dramatically elected MP for Fermanagh/South Tyrone in June 2001, 20 years after the historic victory of hunger striker Bobby Sands. Michelle was returned as MP in 2005 and again in 2010

She has been a member of the party's Ard Chomhairle (National Executive) and has served on the Equality sub-committee and the Women's Forum.

While an MLA Michelle served as Vice Chair of the Committee of Social Development and later as Minister for Agriculture & Rural Development, using her positions to tackle inequality and disadvantage.

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Unionist Leaders must address culture of hatred associated with bonfires - Gildernew12 July, 2015

Gildernew condemns attack on election billboard21 April, 2015

Upholding of Moygashel polling decision is the right decision - Gildernew13 April, 2015

Unionists cannot represent all with no women candidates – Gildernew10 April, 2015

Gildernew slams attack on Dungannon Council Offices3 April, 2015

Pre-election bluster from DUP leader no substitute for welfare protections – Gildernew28 March, 2015

"Voting should be free from sectarian harassment and threats." - Gildernew25 March, 2015

Gildernew launches campaign to retain Fermanagh South Tyrone22 March, 2015

Bruton comments bizarre and erroneous - Gildernew18 March, 2015

British and Irish governments must live up to responsibilities - Gildernew10 March, 2015

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