Sinn Féin Announces New Leader North of the Border – meet Michelle O’Neill

Sinn Féin's new leader north of the border
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Sinn Féin announces New Leader North of the Border.

Sinn Féin announces new leader north of the Border.  It is Michelle O’Neill who replaces Martin McGuinness.

She had been widely tipped as the politician who would take over from the former deputy first minister. He retired partly due to illness.

The 40-year-old County Tyrone woman is the current health minister. She has previously been agriculture minister.

Michelle O’Neill paid a warm tribute to Mr McGuinness and said she was “following in the footsteps of a political giant”.

Mrs O’Neill will have just five weeks to prepare for an election after Stormont’s power-sharing coalition fell apart over a botched energy scheme scandal.

The fallout from the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal, which is approximately £490m over budget, led to Mr McGuinness’ quitting.  Arlene Foster who is leader of he DUP, refused to stand aside as first minster while an investigation was carried out.

They hold joint office and his resignation automatically put Mrs Foster out of her job and prompted the calling of snap elections on 2 March.

Video BBC News NI

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