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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 (243)

Executive support needed for hospitals which are at breaking point – Kearney13 November, 2022

Kearney welcomes Šefčovič recommitment to finding resolution7 November, 2022

British government should engage in good faith with EU to reach agreed resolution – Kearney7 November, 2022

Sinn Féin publish 2022 Ard Fheis clár - Declan Kearney MLA3 November, 2022

Urgent restoration of Executive needed to support local community organisations - Kearney28 October, 2022

Kearney welcomes constructive engagement with Translink on local transport services28 October, 2022

Kearney tells British Lords that Protocol must be built upon21 October, 2022

‘British government must work with EU in good faith’ - Kearney14 October, 2022

Executive must be restored urgently to support local businesses - Kearney7 October, 2022

Join the conversation on Irish Unity – Kearney3 October, 2022

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