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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.

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Kearney announces additional Whitehill road safety measures23 July, 2018

Kearney condemns Orange Hall attack12 July, 2018

Kearney calls on PSNI to send out strong message against hate crime11 July, 2018

‘Incinerator ruling a victory for residents and the GFA’ - Kearney6 July, 2018

Kearney welcomes Randalstown ‘Best Kept Town in Ireland’ Award28 June, 2018

Kearney urges support for NHS rally28 June, 2018

Sinn Féin to launch ‘One Community’ anti-sectarianism policy – Kearney22 June, 2018

Kearney welcomes renewed safety measures for Barnish Road area16 June, 2018

Kearney applauds pioneering South Antrim shared education project12 June, 2018

Crisis of leadership now dominating direction of DUP – Kearney8 June, 2018

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