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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.

Statements (43)

Agriculture sector would be devastated by no-deal Brexit - Gildernew7 December, 2018

Gildernew urges caution as search continues at Lough Erne9 September, 2018

"British Government trying to exploit border issue" - Gildernew7 September, 2018

Bundoran crash absolutely heartbreaking – Gildernew20 August, 2018

Gildernew urges caution following St Patrick’s Academy Fire5 August, 2018

Gildernew to attend Breastival Belfast2 August, 2018

Gildernew encourages participation in Children’s Future Food Inquiry1 August, 2018

Gildernew welcomes 210 manufacturing jobs in Dungannon23 July, 2018

Gildernew challenges May over denial of rights19 July, 2018

Immigration approach must be based on compassion and humanity – Gildernew3 July, 2018

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