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Declan Kearney MLA


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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 (265)

British government attempts to break International Law and derail negotiations condemned - Kearney21 April, 2022

Tories must scrap Brexit visa plans which will deter tourists - Kearney20 April, 2022

The vision of 1916 remains our reference point for the new Ireland - Kearney15 April, 2022

Kearney welcomes positive Spanish government intervention in support of GFA & Protocol12 April, 2022

Kearney welcomes European Commission's assurance on access to medicines12 April, 2022

Kearney and McManus welcome EU progress on access to medicines7 April, 2022

Planning refusal for Hightown incinerator a victory for residents & good sense – Kearney27 March, 2022

High Street Task Force Report provides a road map for regeneration - Kearney22 March, 2022

British government has acted with premeditated duplicity over Acht Gaeilge – Kearney18 March, 2022

Kearney dismisses Tory interference in north’s democratic process16 March, 2022

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