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Declan Kearney MLA


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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 (265)

Governments must work together to ensure commitments are delivered - Kearney14 April, 2021

Governments are not bystanders – they must re-engage with the political process - Kearney13 April, 2021

‘Together let’s end sectarianism’ – Kearney launches party proposals10 April, 2021

Kearney welcomes drug crime awareness intervention in support of Ballydonaghy residents9 April, 2021

DUP bringing chaos ‘plan’ to political process – Kearney1 April, 2021

'English government driving coach and horses through Good Friday Agreement' - Kearney12 March, 2021

Kearney welcomes increased police focus on Toome road safety12 March, 2021

There can be no sugar coating partition - Kearney11 March, 2021

Kearney appeals for information on tragic death7 March, 2021

Kearney welcomes PSNI intervention against Antrim neighbourhood crime6 March, 2021

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