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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 (282)

New relationships in agreed Ireland should be Casement's legacy - Kearney29 July, 2016

Kearney expresses sympathy following Randalstown road deaths25 July, 2016

Kearney condemns Crumlin security alert disruption23 July, 2016

Kearney advocates zero tolerance and anti-sectarian legislation against bonfire hate crimes18 July, 2016

Kearney hits out at rogue bonfires5 July, 2016

Kearney condemns Antrim flag displays3 July, 2016

Brexit is the price of continued partition - Kearney27 June, 2016

Glenavy road concerns raised with Minister - Kearney27 June, 2016

Kearney urges people to vote remain22 June, 2016

Unelected British lords attempting to sow division ahead of EU referendum - Kearney19 June, 2016

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