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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 (106)

There can be no repeat of masked loyalist intimidation - Gildernew25 August, 2021

Gildernew welcomes Aidan McAnespie ruling20 August, 2021

Community shock after discovery of body in Boho - Gildernew17 August, 2021

Community in shock at Dungannon murder - Gildernew7 August, 2021

Community in shock at Dungannon death5 August, 2021

Gildernew welcomes unity discussion move by Fermanagh Gaels16 June, 2021

Sinn Féin MPs write to British Government supporting health workers pay increase14 June, 2021

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

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