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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)

Reckless British decision making has escalated potential for no-deal Brexit - Kearney15 June, 2020

Arson attack at Naomh Séamas CLG clubhouse an attack on local community - Kearney15 June, 2020

Kearney applauds outstanding COVID-19 response efforts of Toome’s ‘Caring for Your Community’5 June, 2020

Kearney calls for urgent Irish Government action to oppose Israeli annexation of Palestinian West Bank29 May, 2020

Kearney shocked as water abstraction leaves Crumlin River dry22 May, 2020

Kearney commends Ionad Teaghlaigh COVID-19 response20 May, 2020

Kearney condemns large scale fly tipping at Nutts Corner as criminal activity15 May, 2020

Kearney expresses dismay at latest Glenavy River pollution10 May, 2020

Economic reconstruction beyond COVID-19 must not become a proxy for austerity – Kearney1 May, 2020

'Measures are in place to save lives' - Kearney21 April, 2020

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