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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 (330)

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

Taoiseach must live up to commitments to northern nationalists – Kearney5 November, 2018

Kearney calls for community vigilance in wake of break-ins29 October, 2018

Kearney meets with ICTU General Secretary22 October, 2018

Irish labour movement should engage on the debate on Unity – Kearney20 October, 2018

Kearney slams ‘No Irish No Gays’ banner19 October, 2018

Kearney meets with the Trade Union movement on Citizens Rights and Brexit18 October, 2018

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