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Michelle O'Neill's journey from teen mum to deputy First Minister shows politicians aren't defined by their jobs

Gail Walker



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Michelle O'Neill and her daughter Saoirse

Michelle O'Neill and her daughter Saoirse

Michelle O'Neill and her daughter Saoirse

One of the most interesting reads in a long time was an interview with deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill — and there wasn’t a single line about party politics.

Instead she was talking about becoming a mum at the age of 16, and it was the story of a teenager coping with a dramatic change in her life that proved so riveting.

But it was also because we were getting a fascinating insight into a very different Mrs O’Neill.


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