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Michelle O’Neill’s journey from young mother to political leader is inspirational

Eimear McGovern


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Michelle O’Neill is a political figure leading by example

Michelle O’Neill is a political figure leading by example

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Michelle O’Neill is a political figure leading by example

The last seat of this latest Assembly election was yet to be declared and the Sunday papers were clamouring to write their headlines rounding up what had been a seismic turn of events in Northern Ireland politics. I opened Twitter and was quickly sucked in by the latest furore as the Twitterati expressed their outrage over a headline about Sinn Fein’s Stormont leader. “From pregnant schoolgirl to Northern Ireland’s next leader?” it asked.

It’s not the first time Michelle O’Neill’s teenage years as a young mother have been mentioned, nor is it the first time she’s spoken about it when drawing attention to the discrimination she faced when she first became a mother at the age of 16 to her daughter Saoirse.


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