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Michelle O'Neill as documented by Irish News cartoonist Ian Knox

Michelle O'Neill replaced Martin McGuinness as Sinn Féin's leader in the north in January 2017. During her rise to power, cartoonist Ian Knox has been illustrating some of the more interesting political news stories she has been involved in.

24/1/17: The Monstrous Regiment: Sinn Féin picks Michelle O'Neill to replace Martin McGuinness five weeks before snap elections. Donald Trump has yet to tweet 

4/3/17 Down to Business: Sinn Fein triumphant. DUP back in power but chastened 

25/3/17: Hothouse Talks: Hopes that the warm sentiments following the O'Neill Foster handshake at Martin McGuinness's funeral might lead to a more relaxed attitude at the talks soon fade 

28/4/17: Goes Down Well: The DUP strive to put to sleep a recently awoken giant, while Sinn Fein determines to keep it awake 

22/8/17: Hyping the Talks: Advance publicity for the Mayweather McGregor contest pails before the verbal gymnastics surrounding possible upcoming Stormont talks. Frampton splits from Cyclone promotions 

11/4/18: Grand Gesture: On the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, a former US president and a former US senator join some of the main players in the Northern Ireland peace process for a unique occasion 

2/9/17 Back to School: Sinn Féin rejects a DUP proposal for an immediate restoration of the Stormont assembly 

28/4/18: Hugs: Touchy feely signs of hope - but not everywhere 

6/10/18: Surrounded by Water: As various factions troop in and out of Michel Barnier’s office the words of Dominic Behan’s song The Sea Around Us come to mind 

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