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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 extends sympathy following Roguery Road fatality15 May, 2019

Tackling sectarianism requires a concerted approach – Kearney14 May, 2019

Kearney extends sympathies to family of young man killed in Crumlin29 April, 2019

Kearney condemns thefts in Crumlin as a criminal attack on local community19 April, 2019

ARC21 revised planning application will be strenuously opposed – Kearney12 April, 2019

Kearney challenges PSNI indifference to criminal acts9 April, 2019

‘Real Living Wage needed to protect workers’ - Kearney1 April, 2019

Theft of election posters will not intimidate South Antrim election campaign - Kearney29 March, 2019

Kearney applauds Rehability ‘Focus on Wellbeing’ photography project27 March, 2019

Kearney welcomes launch of RFJ report into murder of Peter Gallagher23 March, 2019

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