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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 (274)

Tactical voting will not protect South Antrim from Brexit - Kearney9 December, 2019

Removal of Sinn Féin posters will not deter South Antrim election campaign - Kearney4 December, 2019

Kearney condemns Crumlin shooting attack26 November, 2019

Toxic sectarian politics must not succeed - Kearney21 November, 2019

Inclusion and reconciliation in a new Ireland – the task of our generation - Kearney21 November, 2019

Underpaid health system workers deserve support of the community - Kearney12 November, 2019

Kearney encourages trade unionists to attend Irish Unity event8 November, 2019

Kearney welcomes powerful civic intervention to establish national citizens’ assembly4 November, 2019

Kearney: Unison report confirms that Brexit Bill is bad for workers29 October, 2019

Sinn Féin committed to deepening practical & political links between Cuba and Ireland – Kearney26 October, 2019

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