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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 (249)

Kearney welcomes additional police patrols following brutal Randalstown assault8 January, 2020

Kearney welcomes Crumlin drugs seizure8 January, 2020

Kearney hits out against latest sectarian attack in Glenavy5 January, 2020

Kearney condemns those responsible for Mayfield security alert15 December, 2019

Kearney thanks voters for endorsing Sinn Féin’s resolve to deliver progressive politics15 December, 2019

Tactical voting will not protect South Antrim from Brexit - Kearney9 December, 2019

Removal of Sinn Féin posters will not deter South Antrim election campaign - Kearney4 December, 2019

Kearney condemns Crumlin shooting attack26 November, 2019

Toxic sectarian politics must not succeed - Kearney21 November, 2019

Inclusion and reconciliation in a new Ireland – the task of our generation - Kearney21 November, 2019

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