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Declan Kearney MLA


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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 (265)

Fresh challenges and new opportunities open up for Irish republicans – Kearney4 February, 2020

Fresh challenges and new opportunities open up for Irish republicans – Kearney4 February, 2020

Kearney welcomes overdue improvement works for Randalstown's Wood Street2 February, 2020

Kearney condemns violent criminal Crumlin attack 17 January, 2020

Kearney welcomes commitment to tackling sectarianism13 January, 2020

Sinn Féin’s commitment to advancing Workers Rights evident in this New Agreement - Kearney12 January, 2020

Kearney welcomes additional police patrols following brutal Randalstown assault8 January, 2020

Kearney welcomes Crumlin drugs seizure8 January, 2020

Kearney hits out against latest sectarian attack in Glenavy5 January, 2020

Kearney condemns those responsible for Mayfield security alert15 December, 2019

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