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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.

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Kearney commends Antrim and Newtownabbey councillors and officials on approving zero rates increase1 March, 2021

Kearney calls on the Crumlin community to unite against criminal intimidation26 February, 2021

Kearney welcomes £25M Sports Sustainability Fund payments25 February, 2021

Sinn Féin resolute in support for Hightown anti-incinerator campaign – Kearney12 February, 2021

Zero tolerance approach to racism required - Kearney10 February, 2021

British Government & European Commission share joint responsibility to ensure Protocol works smoothly9 February, 2021

‘Fundamental questions for PSNI senior leadership’ – Kearney8 February, 2021

Spanish government must show leadership on future of Catalunya and Basque Country - Kearney28 January, 2021

Kearney appeals for a redoubling of community efforts in fight against Covid-198 January, 2021

‘Sinn Féin reiterate solidarity with imprisoned Catalan leaders during online prison visit’ – Kearney23 December, 2020

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