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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 (225)

People’s Assemblies in 2022 – Kearney18 November, 2021

European Parliamentarians urged to support an urgent meeting of Joint Committee - Kearney15 November, 2021

DUP & Tories need to step back from the brink - Kearney13 November, 2021

Kearney welcomes US support for Protocol10 November, 2021

Kearney condemns Antrim shooting8 November, 2021

Joint Committee should be convened urgently - Kearney5 November, 2021

Kearney praises firefighters after major blaze in Antrim20 October, 2021

Spanish government should engage in genuine negotiations on the future of the Basque Country - Kearney18 October, 2021

Time for DUP to end NSMC boycott and get back to work – Kearney15 October, 2021

British government should stop 'game playing' and work with EU to find solutions - Kearney10 October, 2021

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