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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 (99)

Reported gun attack in Enniskillen concerning - Gildernew15 March, 2021

Gildernew calls for Britannia Hotel Group to act following whistleblower revelations2 March, 2021

Gildernew welcomes presentation on Irish unity at Oireachtas16 February, 2021

Collective will across the island to see full implementation of protocol - Gildernew10 February, 2021

Gildernew raises concerns over dumping of hen carcasses30 January, 2021

Gildernew welcomes Dungannon jobs boost12 January, 2021

Extend free period products to all public buildings - Gildernew18 December, 2020

Gildernew expresses condolences after man dies in crash17 December, 2020

New allegations of collusion in Belturbet bombing need to be investigated - Gildernew15 December, 2020

Gildernew welcomes proposed suspension of Ken Maginnins3 December, 2020

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