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Declan Kearney

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Declan is a native of Antrim town, and a son of the late veteran civil rights activist Oliver, and Brigid Kearney, nee Totten.

He has deep personal roots in and widespread family connections across South Antrim.

A lifelong Gael, he played football and hurling, and participated in Scór, on behalf of Kickham’s Creggan.

As a fluent Gaeilgeoir Declan has promoted and taught Gaeilge throughout southwest Antrim. He is a father of two, and his own family is bilingual.

He has a strong background in community economic development and local campaigning.

Declan has been active in republican politics since 1980, and is a former Sinn Féin County Antrim organiser. He has been a key member of Sinn Féin’s national leadership since 2003, and has previously served as the Party’s northern Chairperson and deputy General Secretary.

Currently he is the Sinn Féin National Chairperson and has been central to the Party’s all-Ireland development, and its negotiations and reconciliation strategies.

Statements (142)

RHI Scheme had systemic weakness from the start - Kearney26 September, 2016

Kearney calls for international community to support Irish unity24 September, 2016

Kearney expresses shock and concern at Maghaberry Report14 September, 2016

Airport link could transform regional economy - Kearney13 September, 2016

Effective legislation needed to combat stalking - Kearney12 September, 2016

Sinn Féin calls for immediate release of Tony Taylor9 September, 2016

Time to begin the debate on the future – Declan Kearney8 September, 2016

Dissidents are in direct conflict with nationalist communities - Kearney5 September, 2016

Reform of the prison service must continue - Kearney26 August, 2016

Reconciliation is an imperative – Kearney2 August, 2016

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