Mark H. Durkan
|Mark H. Durkan
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
|Preceded by||Mary Bradley|
|Minister of the Environment|
16 July 2013 – 6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Alex Attwood|
3 March 1978 |
Derry, Northern Ireland
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 also served as Minister of the Environment before the department was dissolved in 2016.
He is a nephew of former SDLP leader and Foyle MP Mark Durkan.
Mark Henry 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. 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. 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 also a running enthusiast having completed several half marathons and the first ever Walled City Marathon in Derry on 2 June 2013. He married Anne Carlin on 13 July 2013  and has a son Luke and daughter Lily.
- Local Election District of Derry City council (2011) proof of full name
- Born Mark Henry Durkan per Local Election District of Derry City council form LE4, signed by Deputy Returning Officer (2011)
- BBC News report on Election 2011
- "Derry Journal - The 'Durkan brand' gets Mark H elected". The Derry Journal. The Derry Journal. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
- Irish Times
- Outbreak of pseudomonas
- Durkan's dancing past-time
- BBC article on Mark H. Durkan
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Foyle
|Minister of the Environment
2013 - 2016