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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)

‘There is no credible alternative to the protocol’ - Kearney27 June, 2021

Housing Executive acquiesced to intimidation from Springfarm rogue bonfire builders - Kearney21 June, 2021

Local organised crime gang behind Glenavy security alert - Kearney16 June, 2021

DUP needs to make the right decisions on sharing power – Kearney6 June, 2021

Kearney welcomes funding to support jobs in Irish language broadcasting28 May, 2021

Kearney appeals for community to assist PSNI inquiries following Antrim arson attacks22 May, 2021

Kearney welcomes deployment of speed detection van on Moneynick Road, Toome22 May, 2021

Kearney urges Ministerial refusal of Hightown incinerator application19 May, 2021

Irish government must take political action against the oppression of the Palestinian people – Kearney18 May, 2021

Kearney welcomes removal of Springfarm rogue bonfire17 May, 2021

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