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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)

Community must pull together to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in wider Crumlin area – Kearney19 September, 2020

Kearney expresses sympathies following Toombridge crash death17 September, 2020

'Inclusive Conversation on Reconciliation & Irish unity needed in 2021' - Kearney15 September, 2020

Partition is no cause for celebration – Kearney5 September, 2020

Palestinian unity initiative requires support of entire international community - Kearney5 September, 2020

Sinn Féin welcomes new Palestinian unity talks under PLO - Kearney20 August, 2020

Kearney raises concerns about controversial link road following Randalstown accident7 August, 2020

Kearney welcomes economic recovery package for South Antrim towns and villages31 July, 2020

‘Misplaced constitutional considerations should not stop increased, common sense cooperation against Covid-19’ - Kearney26 July, 2020

British must stop playing reckless games with the North over Brexit - Kearney14 July, 2020

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