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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 (241)

Engagement key to comprehensive prison reform - Kearney24 October, 2016

Kearney condemns criminal damage at newly opened Dunsilly GAA centre23 October, 2016

Dunsilly GAA centre of excellence opens new chapter for Gaelic Games in Antrim - Kearney16 October, 2016

Kearney commends Orange initiative on 1916 Rising14 October, 2016

Kearney asks Minister to support union’s call for official inquiry11 October, 2016

Prison reform must be paramount - Kearney6 October, 2016

Concerns raised over US military flights at Aldergrove - Kearney6 October, 2016

No place for racism in our society4 October, 2016

Kearney welcomes Largy Road resurfacing scheme27 September, 2016

RHI Scheme had systemic weakness from the start - Kearney26 September, 2016

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