Michelle O'Neill

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Michelle O'Neill
Minister for Health
Assumed office
25 May 2016
Preceded by Simon Hamilton
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development
In office
5 May 2011 – 6 May 2016
First Minister Peter Robinson
Arlene Foster (Acting)
deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
John O'Dowd (Acting)
Preceded by Michelle Gildernew
Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone
In office
June 2010 – June 2011
Preceded by Francie Molloy
Succeeded by Kenneth Reid
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Mid Ulster
Assumed office
7 March 2007
Preceded by Geraldine Dougan
Personal details
Born (1977-01-10) 10 January 1977 (age 39)
Clonoe, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Sinn Féin
Spouse(s) Paddy O'Neill
Children Saoirse O'Neill
Ryan O'Neill
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Michelle O'Neill MLA

Michelle O'Neill MLA (born 19 January 1977) is an Irish politician who has represented Mid Ulster in the Northern Ireland Assembly for Sinn Féin since 2007.[1] She currently is the Minister of Health in the Northern Ireland Executive and was previously the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Early career[edit]

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.[2][3] Previously, in the Northern Ireland Assembly, O'Neill was the Deputy Chair of the Health Committee[3] and she has spoken on issues such as rural school closures, which she opposed.[4]

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development[edit]

In September 2012, O'Neill announced that the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) would move to a former British Army barracks in Ballykelly, County Londonderry.[5] Following the announcement, it came to light that Strabane had been chosen as a more suitable location by an internal DARD assessment, a decision that O'Neill then overruled. In February 2013, it was also revealed that the decision had been questioned by the Finance Minister Sammy Wilson.[6]


Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Geraldine Dougan
MLA for Mid-Ulster
2007 -
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Michelle Gildernew
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development
2011 - 2016
Succeeded by
Michelle McIlveen
Preceded by
Simon Hamilton
Minister of Health
2016 -
Succeeded by