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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 (250)

Kearney urges support for Knockmore line in all-island Strategic Rail Review2 December, 2021

British government needs to stop breaking law, treaties and its word – Kearney 30 November, 2021

Kearney extends sympathy after death of renowned school principal in Antrim road tragedy27 November, 2021

Protocol needs to be protected not dismantled - Kearney19 November, 2021

Kearney welcomes DfI Roads commitment to deliver Glenavy repair schemes19 November, 2021

People’s Assemblies in 2022 – Kearney18 November, 2021

European Parliamentarians urged to support an urgent meeting of Joint Committee - Kearney15 November, 2021

DUP & Tories need to step back from the brink - Kearney13 November, 2021

Kearney welcomes US support for Protocol10 November, 2021

Kearney condemns Antrim shooting8 November, 2021

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