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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)

Irish Government should seek urgent UN action over Sheikh Jarrah & East Jerusalem crisis - Kearney8 May, 2021

Irish Government should convene Citizens Assembly on Constitutional Change - Kearney6 May, 2021

Sectarian attack on Antrim GAA Centre of Excellence condemned - Kearney3 May, 2021

May Day: Workers’ basic rights are not negotiable - Kearney1 May, 2021

ANC leadership announces commitment to support achievement of Irish unity - Kearney24 April, 2021

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

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