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Declan Kearney MLA


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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 (265)

Kearney calls for ongoing and closer partnership with the EU18 September, 2023

Urgent action required to tackle ecological catastrophe on Lough Neagh – Kearney16 September, 2023

Workers’ wages being eclipsed by inflation - Kearney13 September, 2023

Denial of street lighting to Aylesbury and Blackrock residents is untenable7 September, 2023

Renegotiation of Windsor Framework implausible - Kearney24 August, 2023

A restored Executive is urgently needed to stand up for people and public services – Kearney17 August, 2023

Sinn Féin remains resolute in opposition to Hightown Incinerator – Kearney4 August, 2023

Appropriate adult mental health services must be a priority for a restored Executive - Kearney26 July, 2023

Unconditional return to power-sharing only rational decision for DUP - Kearney9 July, 2023

DUP’s Assembly boycott in direct opposition to the wishes of the majority - Kearney30 June, 2023

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