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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 (149)

Kearney makes urgent appeal for caution on the roads16 December, 2017

Human and democratic rights should be common ground – Kearney11 December, 2017

Taoiseach should pay close attention to appeal from civic nationalism – Kearney11 December, 2017

Days of using political institutions to show disrespect are over – Kearney4 December, 2017

Good Friday Agreement facing its most serious threat3 December, 2017

Sinn Féin special Ard Fheis to take place before end of February - Declan Kearney MLA2 December, 2017

‘DUP must face the reality of rights’ - Kearney29 November, 2017

Sinn Féin back public sector pay campaign21 November, 2017

Step change needed within unionism to tackle sectarianism - Kearney18 November, 2017

Sinn Féin activists must observe highest standards to be persuaders for unity - Kearney18 November, 2017

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