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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)

European Commission Vice President’s positive engagement in North is welcome - Kearney10 September, 2021

Business and society require certainty on protocol - Kearney6 September, 2021

British and Irish governments need to start preparing for Irish unity - Kearney4 September, 2021

British state policy on legacy denounced by International opinion - Kearney23 August, 2021

Kearney welcomes partnership intervention at illegal bonfire site19 August, 2021

British brinkmanship over protocol must end. Businesses need solutions - Kearney13 August, 2021

Kearney welcomes PSNI crime awareness initiative in support of Springfarm residents13 August, 2021

Time to take a stand against sectarianism - Kearney4 August, 2021

Kearney welcomes EU proposals on protocol27 July, 2021

Sinn Féin extends sympathies on the death of Portuguese Revolutionary Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho25 July, 2021

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