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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)

'Sinn Féin proposals will strengthen worker protections' - Kearney26 September, 2019

‘DUP cannot ignore new MLA allegations in South Antrim’ - Kearney9 September, 2019

Kearney expresses concern at set backs for Colombian Peace process2 September, 2019

Kearney urges support to secure future of Tannaghmore school2 September, 2019

Kearney commends the community spirit of Crumlin Gaeilgeoirí1 September, 2019

Sinn Féin back NIPSA workers - Kearney28 August, 2019

Kearney welcomes start of rural road safety policing operations across South Antrim7 August, 2019

Kearney welcomes opening of Zone Two phase of A6 Dualling Scheme5 August, 2019

Kearney extends solidarity to NIPSA workers26 July, 2019

Kearney convenes Tannaghmore School meeting with Department of Education Permanent Secretary23 July, 2019

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