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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)

Only those who benefit from segregation oppose anti sectarianism – Kearney14 April, 2018

Kearney appeals for information on Crumlin arson9 April, 2018

Dialogue required on a new All Ireland Constitutional Democracy - Kearney1 April, 2018

Truth is not a zero sum issue - Kearney24 March, 2018

'Role of Irish America crucial in defence of the GFA' - Kearney16 March, 2018

Kearney commends Mayor’s Seachtain na Gaeilge event16 March, 2018

No excuse for employers to deny workers bare minimum wage - Kearney9 March, 2018

Sinn Féin Chairperson to update Irish Americans on current political crises6 March, 2018

Kearney writes to airport owners about DUP fundraiser reports4 March, 2018

Kearney welcomes Taoiseach’s meeting with representatives of civic nationalism28 February, 2018

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