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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 Beechmount Park resurfacing works20 November, 2020

‘A critical role remains for President Biden’s administration in Ireland’ - Kearney 13 November, 2020

Kearney commends residents’ determined campaign for improved road safety4 November, 2020

Kearney welcomes extension of winter gritting schedule to Scroggy Road, Glenavy16 October, 2020

Objective must be maximum community compliance to suppress Covid-19 - Kearney9 October, 2020

Kearney welcomes All-Ireland health meeting2 October, 2020

Kearney reaffirms need to protect Good Friday Agreement with US Special Envoy29 September, 2020

Kearney discusses COVID-19 situation with Crumlin traders26 September, 2020

Reconciliation must be next stage of the Irish Peace Process - Kearney21 September, 2020

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

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