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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)

North increasingly defined by a rights vacuum – Kearney1 June, 2018

Kearney welcomes findings of probe into ‘appalling’ DUP decisions1 June, 2018

Department decision to appeal runs counter to public interest - Kearney16 May, 2018

Unity referendum should be called with immediate effect – Kearney16 May, 2018

Concern at large oil spill on the Crumlin River – Kearney4 May, 2018

Kearney extends May Day solidarity to Irish workers and labour movement across the island4 May, 2018

Sinn Féin calls for a new, collective international initiative to end the war against the Palestinian people1 May, 2018

Declan Kearney attending PLO National Council28 April, 2018

Kearney welcomes report on proposed Hightown Incinerator28 April, 2018

Kearney offers condolences following Nutts Corner air tragedy19 April, 2018

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