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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 (326)

British government trying to obscure role in conflict - Kearney29 January, 2017

Review of bail policy must comply with human rights - Kearney24 January, 2017

British government has failed to fulfill legacy responsibilities - Kearney24 January, 2017

Kearney expresses shock at Creggan traffic accident17 January, 2017

Speaker should resign with immediate effect – Kearney6 January, 2017

DUP must urgently restore public confidence in the political process – Kearney2 January, 2017

Kearney sends sympathy after M2 death27 December, 2016

International community should help transition to new Ireland - Kearney17 December, 2016

Kearney to speak at 'Party of European Left' Congress16 December, 2016

Kearney raises parity of esteem for Irish identity in prisons with Justice Minister2 December, 2016

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