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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 (250)

Latest EU move on Protocol ‘very welcome’ - Kearney19 December, 2022

Court ruling on reckless attempt to halt port checks ‘welcome’ - Kearney15 December, 2022

Essential role for Europe in managing constitutional change in Ireland – Kearney10 December, 2022

Sinn Féin Commission publishes report of Belfast People’s Assembly8 December, 2022

Change is in the air – an appeal to Protestant neighbours – Kearney6 December, 2022

Kearney calls for Irish state recognition of Palestine and welcomes Palestinian unity moves29 November, 2022

Kearney welcomes new airline plans for investment in Belfast International Airport23 November, 2022

Executive support needed for hospitals which are at breaking point – Kearney13 November, 2022

Kearney welcomes Šefčovič recommitment to finding resolution7 November, 2022

British government should engage in good faith with EU to reach agreed resolution – Kearney7 November, 2022

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