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Michelle Gildernew

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Michelle Gildernew is from The Brantry, Co Tyrone, is married to Jimmy Taggert and has two sons, Emmet and Eunan and one daughter, Aoise. She comes from a large Republican family and her parents were instrumental in the squatting and subsequent eviction in Caledon in 1968. 

Michelle was the Sinn Fein representative in London in the run-up to the Good Friday Agreement and was elected to the Assembly in 1998. She stood in the Westminster election in 2001, winning Bobby Sands' seat on the 20th Anniversary of his death. 

As an MLA, she held various senior positions on Assembly committees and was Agriculture and Rural Development Minister from 2007 to 2011 during which time she focused heavily on anti-poverty measures in rural communities including making provision for enhanced rural childcare, broadband, rural transport. 

She is involved in her local community especially in her GAA club, Aghaloo and supports amateur dramatics and the arts.

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Tory child tax credit cuts an attack on those most in need - Gildernew4 April, 2017

Moygashel picture stark contrast to respect shown yesterday - Gildernew24 March, 2017

Gildernew condemns Dungannon pipe bomb attack20 January, 2017

Marching bands list should be released - Glidernew18 January, 2017

All information on RHI scandal must be disclosed - Gildernew15 December, 2016

Accountability essential on RHI scheme – Gildernew12 October, 2016

Plans to vet mothers entering labour wards outrageous - Gildernew11 October, 2016

British government must respect Remain vote - Gildernew6 October, 2016

Women make valuable contribution to sport – Gildernew3 October, 2016

Gildernew sends sympathies following Aughnacloy road death21 August, 2016

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