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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 (320)

Kearney condemns Antrim bonfire as anti-community and anti-republican11 August, 2017

Successful site meeting with Transport NI in Moneyglass – Kearney29 July, 2017

Bill of Rights could transform society - Kearney25 July, 2017

Meeting confirms NIHE failures on rogue bonfire – Kearney23 July, 2017

Tory deal with the DUP making a resolution harder to reach – Kearney22 July, 2017

‘Sectarian bigotry must be eradicated’ - Kearney14 July, 2017

Unionists must condemn sectarian hatemongers following McGuinness image on bonfire - Kearney11 July, 2017

Kearney condemns Antrim car attacks11 July, 2017

Housing Executive reneges on commitments at 'rogue' bonfire site - Kearney10 July, 2017

DUP and British Government have much to reflect upon – Kearney6 July, 2017

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