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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 (289)

Sinn Féin criticise Schlumberger closure27 October, 2017

‘SDLP obsessed with attacking Sinn Féin’ - Kearney24 October, 2017

SDLP should end double speak on equality and rights – Kearney23 October, 2017

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney addresses GUE/NGL conference in Lisbon21 October, 2017

Sinn Féin launch #SUAS - Stand Up Against Sectarianism Campaign15 October, 2017

All armed and paramilitary factions should disband and disarm - Kearney10 October, 2017

Sectarianism must be faced down – Kearney9 October, 2017

Labour should not wait in transition to United Ireland – Kearney7 October, 2017

Union leaders to address Sinn Féin seminar on Workers Rights4 October, 2017

Kearney slams Brokenshire's insult to An Dream Dearg1 October, 2017

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