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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)

Revelations of malicious disinformation campaign against Podemos are shocking – Kearney14 July, 2022

Offensive erection of flags in Antrim Town must stop - Kearney10 July, 2022

The British government's reckless actions will hurt the North – Kearney6 July, 2022

Efforts to undermine Protocol must be unambiguously opposed – Kearney4 July, 2022

Irish government needs to have ambition for Irish Unity - Kearney3 July, 2022

Solid support for the Protocol across the north – Kearney29 June, 2022

Scottish people have a fundamental right to determine their own future – Kearney28 June, 2022

Opportunities for a new Ireland despite Tory/DUP attack on the Good Friday Agreement – Kearney21 June, 2022

Certainty needed for workers, farmers and business following British act of bad faith – Kearney15 June, 2022

Restoration of Executive essential to put more funding in regional health services - Kearney10 June, 2022

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