Michelle O'Neill

Northern Irish politician

Michelle O'Neill (née Doris; born 10 January 1977) is an Irish politician. She was the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2020 until 2022.[1] She has served as vice president of Sinn Féin since 2018 and has been the member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Mid Ulster since 2007.

Michelle O'Neill

Michelle O'Neill (cropped from Martin McGuinness, Michelle O'Neill, Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams).jpg
O'Neill in 2017
4th deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland
In office
11 January 2020 – 4 February 2022[a]
Serving with Arlene Foster & Paul Givan
Preceded byMartin McGuinness (2017)
Succeeded byVacant
Vice President of Sinn Féin
Assumed office
10 February 2018
PresidentMary Lou McDonald
Preceded byMary Lou McDonald
Minister of Health
In office
25 May 2016 – 2 March 2017
Preceded bySimon Hamilton
(Health, Social Services and Public Safety)
Succeeded byRobin Swann
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development
In office
5 May 2011 – 6 May 2016
Preceded byMichelle Gildernew
Succeeded byMichelle McIlveen
(Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs)
Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone
In office
June 2010 – June 2011
Preceded byFrancie Molloy
Succeeded byKenneth Reid
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Mid Ulster
Assumed office
7 March 2007
Preceded byGeraldine Dougan
Personal details
Michelle Doris

(1977-01-10) 10 January 1977 (age 45)
Fermoy, County Cork, Republic of Ireland
Political partySinn Féin
Paddy O'Neill
(m. 1995; sep. 2014)
WebsiteOfficial website
^a O'Neill left the role of dFM when Arlene Foster resigned as FM on 14 June 2021. She was reappointed dFM alongside FM Paul Givan on 17 June 2021.

O'Neill was born in Fermoy, County Cork, in the Republic of Ireland. Her family are Irish republicans from Clonoe, County Tyrone. She has two children with Paddy O'Neill. The couple separated in 2014.


  1. "Stormont deal: Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill new top NI ministers". BBC. 12 January 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.

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