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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 (314)

Kearney calls for end to imposition of bonfire blight on community13 March, 2017

Acht ar son Cearta is ea Acht Gaeilge - Kearney13 March, 2017

Sinn Féin calls for the release of Tony Taylor10 March, 2017

Kearney meets ICTU to discuss Brexit and political crisis23 February, 2017

Sectarianism must be eradicated from society - Kearney22 February, 2017

Trade Union Movement has key role in effecting change – Kearney10 February, 2017

Equality and power-sharing are no longer negotiable - Kearney7 February, 2017

Kearney and O'Neill hold leadership delegations31 January, 2017

British government trying to obscure role in conflict - Kearney29 January, 2017

Review of bail policy must comply with human rights - Kearney24 January, 2017

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