Mark H. Durkan
|Mark H. Durkan|
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Foyle|
Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Mary Bradley|
|Minister of the Environment|
16 July 2013 – 6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Alex Attwood|
Mark Henry Durkan|
3 March 1978
Derry, Northern Ireland
|Relatives||Mark Durkan (uncle)|
Mark Henry Durkan (born 3 March 1978) is a Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) politician in Northern Ireland who was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2011, representing the Foyle constituency. He served as Minister of the Environment until the department was dissolved in 2016.
Durkan was elected to Derry City Council in 2005 topping the poll with 2369 first preference votes. He served on council until May 2011 sitting on the Western Health & Social Care Board and Western Education and Library Board. After his election 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 at both Royal Jubilee Maternity Services (Belfast) and Altnagelvin Area Hospital (Derry), which claimed the lives of several infants.
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. 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. He is also considering an outright ban on election posters.
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, and white-collar boxing bouts. He is a running enthusiast having completed several half marathons and the first ever Walled City Marathon in Derry on 2 June 2013.
Durkan married Anne Carlin on 13 July 2013, and has a son Luke and daughter Lily. He is a nephew of former SDLP leader Mark Durkan and famously played in goal for Derry City during the most successful period in the club's history. In 2008 Derry City won the European cup beating Real Madrid in the final after a nervy penalty shootout. Durkan saved a penalty from Ronaldo in normal time and denied him again in the shootout. Ronaldo refused to shake Durkans hand at the final whistle. Durkan retired from football in 2009 and became a professional heavyweight boxer. Durkan hopes to fight the winner of Tyson Furey and Dean Wilder for the WBA boxing Crown in late 2018.
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|Northern Ireland Assembly|
| MLA for Foyle
| Minister of the Environment
2013 – 2016