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Mark H. Durkan

Mark H. Durkan
MLA
Minister of the Environment
Incumbent
Assumed office
16 July 2013
Preceded by Alex Attwood
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Foyle
Incumbent
Assumed office
2011
Preceded by Mary Bradley
Personal details
Born Mark Henry Durkan[1]
(1978-03-03) 3 March 1978 [2]
Nationality Irish
Political party Social Democratic and Labour Party

Mark Henry Durkan[3] is a Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) politician in Northern Ireland and is the current Minister of the Environment who was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011 representing the Foyle constituency.[4][5] He is a nephew of former SDLP leader and Foyle MP Mark Durkan.

Work

Mark Henry Durkan was elected to Derry City Council in 2005 topping the poll with 2369 first preference votes.[6] He served on council until May 2011 sitting on the Western Health & Social Care Board and Western Education and Library Board.[7] When elected to the Assembly in May 2011 he served as his party's health spokesman from May 2011 to April 2012, and campaigned on the outbreak in January 2012 of pseudomonas in the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital (Belfast), and at Altnagelvin Area Hospital (Derry), which claimed the lives of several infants.[8] It was on the NI Assembly's Social Development Committee from May 2011 to July 2013 where he really came to the fore working tirelessly and effectively on issues such as housing and to protect the most vulnerable in society from the negative impacts the Welfare Reform Bill.[9] As Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan has proposed reforms to the NI Planning system in order to make it fairer, faster and more fit for purpose.[10] He is also considering an outright ban on election posters.[11] His objective as Minister is to create a better environment and a stronger economy.

Personal life

In his spare time, he regularly gives his time to charitable causes, which led him to compete in Ballroom and Latin Dancing competitions in his hometown.[12] and White Collar Boxing bouts[13] He is also a running enthusiast having completed several half marathons and the first ever Walled City Marathon in Derry on 2 June 2013.[14][15] Mark is a passionate supporter of Doire GAA and Derry City FC. He is also an Everton FC fan. He married Anne Carlin on 13 July 2013 [16] and has a son called Luke.

References

  1. ^ Born Mark Henry Durkan per Local Election District of Derry City council form LE4, signed by Deputy Returning Officer (2011)
  2. ^ http://aims.niassembly.gov.uk/mlas/details.aspx?&aff=2402&per=287&sel=1&ind=3&prv=0
  3. ^ Local Election District of Derry City council (2011) proof of full name
  4. ^ BBC News report on Election 2011
  5. ^ "Derry Journal - The ‘Durkan brand’ gets Mark H elected". The Derry Journal. The Derry Journal. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections/lgderry.htm
  7. ^ Irish Times
  8. ^ Outbreak of pseudomonas
  9. ^ http://www.derryjournal.com/news/politics/latest/durkan-we-support-welfare-reform-not-unfair-reform-1-3560383
  10. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-25669866
  11. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-26153767
  12. ^ Durkan's dancing past-time
  13. ^ BBC article on Mark H. Durkan
  14. ^ http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DMuoo8UkQVo&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DDMuoo8UkQVo
  15. ^ http://www.derryjournal.com/sport/other-sports/slideshow-the-walled-city-marathon-2013-1-5156245
  16. ^ http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/sdlps-mark-h-durkan-becomes-new-man-on-the-high-wire-as-environment-minister-29425474.html
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Mary Bradley
MLA for Foyle
2011 -
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Alex Attwood
Minister of the Environment
2013 -
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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