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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 (249)

Kearney expresses concern over Crumlin River fish kill14 February, 2023

Kearney welcomes major jobs boost for Antrim10 February, 2023

Kearney welcomes Supreme Court judgement and said it’s time to move forward politically8 February, 2023

Latest reports on progress in protocol talks very encouraging - Kearney6 February, 2023

‘Pragmatic and durable solution on Protocol must be priority’ – Kearney31 January, 2023

DUP should stop reckless scaremongering on medicine supply - Kearney19 January, 2023

Kearney welcomes Ballydugennan resurfacing commitment13 January, 2023

Agreement on sharing trade data welcome - Kearney9 January, 2023

Kearney - construction of post-Brexit check facilities necessary28 December, 2022

Latest EU move on Protocol ‘very welcome’ - Kearney19 December, 2022

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