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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 (249)

Underpaid health system workers deserve support of the community - Kearney12 November, 2019

Kearney encourages trade unionists to attend Irish Unity event8 November, 2019

Kearney welcomes powerful civic intervention to establish national citizens’ assembly4 November, 2019

Kearney: Unison report confirms that Brexit Bill is bad for workers29 October, 2019

Sinn Féin committed to deepening practical & political links between Cuba and Ireland – Kearney26 October, 2019

Kearney: Economic Report reiterates Sinn Féin call to tackle precarious work15 October, 2019

Kearney calls for EA investment at Crumlin Integrated College11 October, 2019

Department for Infrastructure must take ownership of contentious flags issue - Kearney4 October, 2019

Irish unity has become the defining issue for our generation - Kearney1 October, 2019

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