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Michelle Gildernew


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 (52)

Families need to have continued access to courts – Gildernew2 February, 2023

Temporary removal of emergency surgical services from South West Acute Hospital 'deeply disappointing' - Gildernew17 November, 2022

Space for all voices in New Ireland discussion - Gildernew17 October, 2022

Gildernew requests urgent meeting over emergency surgical services at Enniskillen Hospital11 October, 2022

Gildernew expresses condolences on death of John McAnespie20 September, 2022

Gildernew welcomes US Congress hearing on flawed British amnesty proposals14 July, 2022

Gildernew pays tribute to Tyrone hurler Damian Casey18 June, 2022

Sinn Féin launch menopause healthcare proposals – Michelle Gildernew MP, Sorca Clarke TD and David Cullinane TD22 March, 2022

British government needs to end delays and introduce Acht Gaeilge - Gildernew2 March, 2022

Sinn Féin launch survey to hear from women about their experience with menopause and healthcare supports1 December, 2021

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