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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 extends sympathies to the people of Kabul31 May, 2017

Kearney condemns knife attack in Antrim28 May, 2017

Peace process proof that another world is possible – Kearney26 May, 2017

DUP arrogant dismissal of ‘dark money’ is unacceptable – Kearney21 May, 2017

Petrol bombers could have killed mother and children – Kearney19 May, 2017

Sinn Féin delegation meets cross-party group of TDs to discuss Maghaberry Prison issues18 May, 2017

Kearney welcomes PSNI commitment to a step change on road safety issues5 May, 2017

Sinn Féin to attend Tony Taylor parole hearing – Kearney1 May, 2017

Sinn Féin extends solidarity greetings on International Workers’ Day - Kearney28 April, 2017

Kearney represents Sinn Fein at Workers' Memorial Day ceremony27 April, 2017

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