Michelle O’Neill takes up post as First Minister

Michelle O'Neill pictured in November 2022 before giving the oration at the Kilmichael Ambush Commemoration in West Cork. (Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision)

Fermoy-born Michelle O’Neill has made history, becoming the first nationalist First Minister in Northern Ireland, having finally taken up the position as Stormont returned after two years without powersharing. The Sinn Féin vice president pledged to be ‘a leader for all’.

Speaking before the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), Ms O’Neill said she was ‘honoured’ to be First Minister and stated that it is ‘an assembly for all’.

“As an Irish republican, I pledge co-operation and genuine honest effort with those colleagues who are British, of a unionist tradition and who cherish the Union. This is an assembly for all – Catholic, Protestant and dissenter. Despite our different outlooks and views on the future constitutional position, the public rightly demands that we co-operate, deliver and work together,” the newly installed First Minister said.

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