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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 (326)

Kearney extends solidarity on 60th anniversary of Cuban revolution11 January, 2019

Citizens’ rights can no longer be put on hold – Kearney4 January, 2019

South Antrim event to recall "Long March to Derry" - Kearney31 December, 2018

Kearney welcomes workers rights initiative21 December, 2018

'Lessons must be learned from Rachel McAlpine case' - Kearney3 December, 2018

Guaranteeing rights and respect for all citizens must be the GFA legacy - Kearney30 November, 2018

Kearney to attend US Conference marking 20 years of the Good Friday Agreement29 November, 2018

Kearney welcomes ICTU statement on Brexit deal21 November, 2018

‘Europe is at the crossroads’ – Kearney tells GUE/NGL Leadership meeting6 November, 2018

Kearney to attend to GUE/NGL leadership meeting in Brussels6 November, 2018

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