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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 (250)

Kearney welcomes decision by Šefčovič and Truss to convene Joint Committee24 January, 2022

No reason to delay establishing a national Citizens’ Assembly - Kearney23 January, 2022

£100m loss of yearly EU funds as result of Brexit ‘catastrophic’ - Kearney19 January, 2022

‘Poots bound by law on implementing ports checks’ – Kearney18 January, 2022

United Nations Convention should be made law to secure disability rights in north - Kearney9 January, 2022

Joint Committee on Protocol should be urgently convened - Kearney20 December, 2021

Breakthrough on continued supply of medicines welcome - Kearney17 December, 2021

Brexit democratic deficit in north must be addressed - Kearney15 December, 2021

British amnesty proposals are an affront to victims & survivors - Kearney14 December, 2021

Constructive engagement with Translink management over South Antrim service disruption - Kearney10 December, 2021

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