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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 (250)

Sinn Féin extends sympathies on the death of Portuguese Revolutionary Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho25 July, 2021

British Government must stop evading Protocol obligations and ensure full implementation21 July, 2021

Incendiary rhetoric on protocol won’t provide certainty - Kearney20 July, 2021

Protocol must be implemented - Kearney19 July, 2021

Kearney calls for robust investigation into Antrim bonfire hate crimes16 July, 2021

Sinn Féin expresses support for the ANC government & those committed to Mandela’s vision for South Africa - Kearney14 July, 2021

Sinn Féin reaffirms solidarity with Cuba - Declan Kearney13 July, 2021

Kearney calls for removal of illegal Antrim Town bonfire9 July, 2021

A persuasive vision of Irish Unity is required - Kearney6 July, 2021

Protocol must be fully implemented – Kearney30 June, 2021

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