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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)

Kearney raises concerns about commercial exploitation of RHI scheme10 November, 2016

British government must release funding for legacy inquests - Kearney8 November, 2016

Kearney expresses sympathies after prisoner death6 November, 2016

Maghberry concerns to be raised at Joint Oireachtas Committee2 November, 2016

Change Champions needed to progress prison reform - Kearney28 October, 2016

Engagement key to comprehensive prison reform - Kearney24 October, 2016

Kearney condemns criminal damage at newly opened Dunsilly GAA centre23 October, 2016

Dunsilly GAA centre of excellence opens new chapter for Gaelic Games in Antrim - Kearney16 October, 2016

Kearney commends Orange initiative on 1916 Rising14 October, 2016

Kearney asks Minister to support union’s call for official inquiry11 October, 2016

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