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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 (47)

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

Sinn Féin MPs take campaign against amnesty proposals to London19 October, 2021

Workplace policies and guidance needed to support women experiencing menopause - Gildernew18 October, 2021

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

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