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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 (264)

‘Real Living Wage needed to protect workers’ - Kearney1 April, 2019

Theft of election posters will not intimidate South Antrim election campaign - Kearney29 March, 2019

Kearney applauds Rehability ‘Focus on Wellbeing’ photography project27 March, 2019

Kearney welcomes launch of RFJ report into murder of Peter Gallagher23 March, 2019

Kearney extends sympathy to family of Moneynick Road victim18 March, 2019

Europe has central role in transition to Irish unity – Kearney16 March, 2019

Valuable and positive meeting with Welsh Language Commissioner – Kearney14 March, 2019

Cruinniú fiúntach dearfach ag Sinn Féin le Coimisinéir na Breatnaise, Meri Huws14 March, 2019

Belfast International Airport must provide firm reassurance to passengers - Kearney11 March, 2019

British state policy is blocking progress on legacy — Kearney10 March, 2019

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