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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)

Economic reconstruction beyond COVID-19 must not become a proxy for austerity – Kearney1 May, 2020

'Measures are in place to save lives' - Kearney21 April, 2020

Kearney urges strict adherence to Covid-19 advice in face of dangerous surge10 April, 2020

‘Breis agus 1500 duine chun páirt a ghlacadh i ranganna Gaeilge ar líne’ – Kearney6 April, 2020

Kearney discusses Covid19 emergency with Palestinian and Cuban Ambassadors1 April, 2020

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

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