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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 (314)

Nominations for Sinn Féin Leas-Uachtarán open tomorrow – Kearney21 January, 2018

Kearney extends sympathy to family of young woman killed in road accident20 January, 2018

Refusal to accept second class citizenship is not a red line - Kearney9 January, 2018

Nominations for Sinn Féin Leadership open today – Ard Fheis to take place on February 10th - Declan Kearney MLA7 January, 2018

Concerns over continued use of Belfast International Airport by US military – Kearney29 December, 2017

Kearney makes urgent appeal for caution on the roads16 December, 2017

Human and democratic rights should be common ground – Kearney11 December, 2017

Taoiseach should pay close attention to appeal from civic nationalism – Kearney11 December, 2017

Days of using political institutions to show disrespect are over – Kearney4 December, 2017

Good Friday Agreement facing its most serious threat3 December, 2017

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