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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 (248)

Kearney urges management to engage positively with NUJ16 May, 2023

Mobilise in support of fair pay, public services & power-sharing on May Day - Kearney28 April, 2023

President Biden visit has refocused international attention on Ireland – Kearney25 April, 2023

Largest ever team of Sinn Féin candidates to stand in 18 May council election – Kearney22 April, 2023

Regional solution for adult ADHD must be delivered - Kearney3 April, 2023

Tories should negotiate a fair pay settlement with public service workers now - Kearney15 March, 2023

Sinn Fein will strengthen workers’ right in a restored Executive – Kearney28 February, 2023

Kearney expresses concern over violent assault on local police officers24 February, 2023

Health workers and teachers deserve fair pay - Kearney21 February, 2023

Kearney expresses concern over Crumlin River fish kill14 February, 2023

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