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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)

British Government should stop political game playing & seriously engage with the EU Commission - Kearney7 October, 2021

Tories should stop sabre rattling & seriously engage with the EU - Kearney4 October, 2021

Time for unionist politicians to accept reality of the Protocol - Kearney28 September, 2021

Kearney welcomes President Biden’s continued support for Protocol and peace process22 September, 2021

‘Partition has failed Ireland, time to look forward’ - Kearney17 September, 2021

North’s pork industry labour shortage is direct result of Brexit – Kearney16 September, 2021

European Commission Vice President’s positive engagement in North is welcome - Kearney10 September, 2021

Business and society require certainty on protocol - Kearney6 September, 2021

British and Irish governments need to start preparing for Irish unity - Kearney4 September, 2021

British state policy on legacy denounced by International opinion - Kearney23 August, 2021

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