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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)

Kearney: Latest poll confirms durable support for the Protocol1 March, 2022

Pressure on staff at Antrim hospital 'deeply worrying' - Kearney24 February, 2022

British government should abandon ‘partisan approach’ to Protocol - Kearney21 February, 2022

Greystone estate to receive new street lighting scheme - Kearney18 February, 2022

Kearney welcomes significant intervention by German Federal Parliament Committee on GFA17 February, 2022

Irish Government must establish Citizens’ Assembly on Constitutional Change - Declan Kearney MLA8 February, 2022

The days of a unionist veto over change are gone – Kearney6 February, 2022

Relief for workers at High Court’s decision on ports – Kearney4 February, 2022

Poots decision a reckless stunt born out of DUP chaos – Kearney2 February, 2022

Brexit Bill a Tory power grab – Kearney31 January, 2022

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