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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)

Kearney welcomes launch of Trade Unionists for a New and United Ireland26 February, 2019

Stronger Sinn Féin council team will challenge negative dominance of unionism – Kearney22 February, 2019

Kearney welcomes Glenavy speed reduction sign4 February, 2019

‘Airport must provide security reassurance’ - Kearney4 February, 2019

Negative influence of gate keepers in political unionism must be ended – Kearney1 February, 2019

Kearney welcomes positive first meeting with new PSNI District Commander1 February, 2019

Kearney says Irish unity has become the defining issue of this generation26 January, 2019

Kearney calls on Santander to rethink Antrim branch closure25 January, 2019

Kearney extends solidarity on 60th anniversary of Cuban revolution11 January, 2019

Citizens’ rights can no longer be put on hold – Kearney4 January, 2019

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