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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)

EU and US have a critical role in protecting the Protocol – Kearney20 September, 2022

‘Time for global anti-apartheid movement to support occupied Palestine’ – Kearney11 August, 2022

Belfast International Airport a key economic driver in South Antrim - Kearney11 August, 2022

Submissions open to the Commission on the Future of Ireland9 August, 2022

Irish government must take the lead against Israeli aggression towards Gaza - Kearney6 August, 2022

Urgent intervention needed for adult ADHD provision – Kearney5 August, 2022

Latest polling vindicates the case for a Citizens’ Assembly on constitutional change - Kearney27 July, 2022

'Commission on the Future of Ireland extends Invitation to All' - Kearney24 July, 2022

Unprecedented momentum for Irish unity - Kearney22 July, 2022

Community meetings underline need for a refreshed approach to South Antrim rural road safety - Kearney22 July, 2022

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