Declan Kearney was born in Antrim, the son of the late veteran civil rights activist Oliver, and Brigid Kearney.
He has deep personal roots in, and widespread family connections across South Antrim.
A lifelong Gael, Declan played football and hurling with Kickham’s Creggan GAC. He is a fluent Gaeilgeoir and contin– ues to support the promotion of Gaeilge throughout South Antrim.
Active in republican politics since 1980, Declan was first elected to represent the people of South Antrim in May 2016 when he succeeded Mitchel McLaughlin as Sinn Féin MLA. He has faithfully honoured his pledge to deliver for all constituents and actively promote equality, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation.
In January 2020 he was appointed a Minister in The Executive Office.
As the Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Declan is a key member of the Party’s leadership. He also serves as the politi– cal lead overseeing Sinn Féin’s Uniting Ireland strategy, and is the Party spokesperson on Brexit issues.
Latest news from Declan
Kearney welcomes latest senior US intervention in support of the Good Friday Agreement
Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson Declan Kearney has welcomed the very strong reaffirmation of support by top trade US negotiator Katherine Tai for the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). The Sinn Féin National Chairperson said: "I welcome this intervention from Katherine...
British government attempts to break International Law and derail negotiations condemned
Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson Declan Kearney has condemned threats by the British Government to take unilateral action on the Protocol and to break international law. The Sinn Féin representative said: “I condemn these most recent threats by the British...
The vision of 1916 remains our reference point for the new Ireland
Sinn Féin National Party Chairperson Declan Kearney writing in his weekly Blog for An Phoblacht has reminded everyone that the Good Friday Agreement – 24 years old this month - provides for democratic constitutional change. A united Ireland he believes will come about...