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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 (244)

Kearney urges people to vote remain22 June, 2016

Unelected British lords attempting to sow division ahead of EU referendum - Kearney19 June, 2016

Kearney condemns Orange hall attack5 June, 2016

Brexit campaign more to do with Tory infighting than democratic reform - Kearney30 May, 2016

Friday closing date for postal and proxy votes against Brexit – Kearney30 May, 2016

Kearney to join Sinn Féin delegation to Flanders Fields29 May, 2016

Sinn Féin committed to promotion of Irish language – Kearney26 May, 2016

Use momentum of 1916 anniversary to build social change - Kearney30 April, 2016

We are committed to putting reconciliation at the heart of government - Kearney23 April, 2016

Reconciliation is the most important political project on the island - Kearney22 April, 2016

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