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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 (214)

Urgent intervention needed for adult ADHD provision – Kearney5 August, 2022

Latest polling vindicates the case for a Citizens’ Assembly on constitutional change - Kearney27 July, 2022

'Commission on the Future of Ireland extends Invitation to All' - Kearney24 July, 2022

Unprecedented momentum for Irish unity - Kearney22 July, 2022

Community meetings underline need for a refreshed approach to South Antrim rural road safety - Kearney22 July, 2022

Revelations of malicious disinformation campaign against Podemos are shocking – Kearney14 July, 2022

Offensive erection of flags in Antrim Town must stop - Kearney10 July, 2022

The British government's reckless actions will hurt the North – Kearney6 July, 2022

Efforts to undermine Protocol must be unambiguously opposed – Kearney4 July, 2022

Irish government needs to have ambition for Irish Unity - Kearney3 July, 2022

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