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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 (329)

Europe has central role in transition to Irish unity – Kearney16 March, 2019

Valuable and positive meeting with Welsh Language Commissioner – Kearney14 March, 2019

Cruinniú fiúntach dearfach ag Sinn Féin le Coimisinéir na Breatnaise, Meri Huws14 March, 2019

Belfast International Airport must provide firm reassurance to passengers - Kearney11 March, 2019

British state policy is blocking progress on legacy — Kearney10 March, 2019

Kearney welcomes launch of Trade Unionists for a New and United Ireland26 February, 2019

Stronger Sinn Féin council team will challenge negative dominance of unionism – Kearney22 February, 2019

Kearney welcomes Glenavy speed reduction sign4 February, 2019

‘Airport must provide security reassurance’ - Kearney4 February, 2019

Negative influence of gate keepers in political unionism must be ended – Kearney1 February, 2019

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