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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 (237)

Kearney calls for cross party and trade union opposition to NHSCT cuts21 September, 2017

Kearney leads Sinn Féin delegation on Arc21 decision18 September, 2017

Time for Political Unionism to make its mind up - Kearney18 September, 2017

Hightown decision ‘wrong and unjustifiable’ - Kearney14 September, 2017

'Agreement is possible but direct rule is not an option' - Kearney9 September, 2017

Kearney condemns provocative flag display at St Comgall’s church28 August, 2017

Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to take place in November - Declan Kearney MLA17 August, 2017

Kearney condemns Antrim bonfire as anti-community and anti-republican11 August, 2017

Successful site meeting with Transport NI in Moneyglass – Kearney29 July, 2017

Bill of Rights could transform society - Kearney25 July, 2017

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