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Michelle O’Neill Becomes Northern Ireland’s First Minister

Michelle O’Neill Becomes Northern Ireland’s First Minister
  • Michelle O’Neill, an Irish nationalist representing Sinn Fein, has been appointed as Northern Ireland’s First Minister. This marks a significant departure from the traditional dominance of pro-British unionists in the region’s political landscape.
  • O’Neill’s appointment reflects Sinn Fein’s (Political party) aspiration for a United Ireland, a vision they believe is now within grasp. Her elevation to the position of First Minister signifies the party’s growing influence and political clout in Northern Ireland.
  • The appointment of O’Neill coincides with the end of a two-year boycott by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of the power-sharing government. A deal struck with the British government to ease post-Brexit trade frictions paved the way for the DUP’s return to governance, with Emma Little-Pengelly assuming the role of deputy First Minister.

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Published date : 06 Feb 2024 11:14AM

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