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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 (381)

Zero tolerance approach to racism required - Kearney10 February, 2021

British Government & European Commission share joint responsibility to ensure Protocol works smoothly9 February, 2021

‘Fundamental questions for PSNI senior leadership’ – Kearney8 February, 2021

Spanish government must show leadership on future of Catalunya and Basque Country - Kearney28 January, 2021

Kearney appeals for a redoubling of community efforts in fight against Covid-198 January, 2021

‘Sinn Féin reiterate solidarity with imprisoned Catalan leaders during online prison visit’ – Kearney23 December, 2020

Kearney welcomes confirmation of footway scheme for Gloverstown Road17 December, 2020

Spanish court decision is an attempt to criminalise Basque peace makers - Kearney16 December, 2020

Divisions on the past cannot be allowed to prevent a united future - Kearney11 December, 2020

Kearney commends Council and Trade Unions on compulsory redundancy resolution7 December, 2020

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