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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)

The Tories and DUP directly threaten the entire basis of the Good Friday Agreement - Kearney23 April, 2017

British government and DUP anti-equality axis blocking progress – Kearney16 April, 2017

Anti-equality axis must not be allowed to block progress - Kearney7 April, 2017

Kearney calls on Congress to spearhead Strategic Civic Initiative29 March, 2017

Erection of flags an act of intimidation - Kearney16 March, 2017

Kearney commends community support for elderly victim14 March, 2017

Kearney calls for end to imposition of bonfire blight on community13 March, 2017

Acht ar son Cearta is ea Acht Gaeilge - Kearney13 March, 2017

Sinn Féin calls for the release of Tony Taylor10 March, 2017

Kearney meets ICTU to discuss Brexit and political crisis23 February, 2017

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