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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 maximum PSNI action over escalation in Glenavy arson attacks22 March, 2020

Kearney commends South Antrim community response to Covid-19 emergency22 March, 2020

Kearney slams bullet threat against Glenavy Councillor12 March, 2020

Equality agenda must be our 'north star' - Kearney8 March, 2020

Potential still exists to form a Government for Change - Kearney1 March, 2020

Peace and political process must not be taken for granted – Kearney27 February, 2020

Regional and local government need shared vision and strategy for change - Kearney20 February, 2020

Kearney encourages applications to Reconciliation Fund19 February, 2020

Only a matter of time before Sinn Féin is in government north and south – Kearney16 February, 2020

Sinn Féin committed to implementation of workers’ rights measures in new agreement – Kearney7 February, 2020

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