|Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development|
5 May 2011
|Preceded by||Michelle Gildernew|
|Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone|
June 2010 – June 2011
|Preceded by||Francie Molloy|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth Reid|
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Mid Ulster
7 March 2007
|Preceded by||Geraldine Dougan|
10 January 1977 |
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
|Website||Michelle O'Neill MLA|
Michelle O'Neill MLA (born 19 January 1977) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who has represented Mid Ulster in the Northern Ireland Assembly since 2007. She currently is the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Northern Ireland Executive.
Her leadership of the DARD has been marred by controversy.
O'Neill represented the Torrent electoral area on Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council from 2005 to 2011 and was Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone in 2010. Previously, in the Northern Ireland Assembly, O'Neill was the Deputy Chair of the Health Committee and she has spoken on issues such as rural school closures, which she opposed.
In September 2012, O'Neill announced that the Department of Rural Development (DARD) would move to a former army barracks in Ballykelly. Since this announcement however, it has come to light that Strabane was chosen as a more suitable location by an internal DARD assessment, a decision that O'Neill overruled. In Feb 2013 it has been revealed that the decision was even questioned by the finance minister Sammy Wilson. 
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|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Mid-Ulster
|Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development