Michelle O’Neill is the new Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland 2 years ago

Michelle O’Neill is the new Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland

The news was officially announced on Monday afternoon.

Michelle O’Neill has been named as the successor to Martin McGuinness as the leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland.

O’Neill (40), from Tyrone, had previously served as Health Minister in the Northern Ireland executive and was officially announced as McGuinness’ successor on Monday following McGuinness’ decision not to contest the forthcoming Northern Ireland assembly elections due to ill-health.

In an interview to coincide with the announcement, O’Neill described being handed the leadership of the party in the north as "a huge honour" and "a really, big, big privilege".

O'Neill also gave an insight into her personal and political past, her ambitions as leader and her thoughts on the upcoming assembly elections in Northern Ireland in the interview, which you can see in full below.

Clip via Sinn Féin