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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)

Kearney condemns criminal attack on Glenavy Protestant Hall22 July, 2019

Kearney calls on Council CEO to immediately rescind legal threat on Irish language sign5 July, 2019

Kearney congratulates new ICTU President4 July, 2019

Employers must act to ensure workplaces are inclusive, welcoming & supportive - Kearney3 July, 2019

Kearney optimistic regarding A6 Dualling Scheme28 June, 2019

Kearney to challenge Council on Irish language signage20 June, 2019

Kearney expresses shock at news of serious road traffic collision7 June, 2019

Kearney: Economic Report Reiterates Sinn Féin's call for a Real Living Wage7 June, 2019

‘Jobs and workers must be protected in Bombardier sale’ - Kearney29 May, 2019

Kearney calls for establishment of new employment model based upon Living Wage20 May, 2019

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