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ENG: Mark Durkan MP (born 26 June 1960) is an Irish politician in Northern Ireland who was the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2001 to 2002, and the Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party from 2001 to 2010. Political career He became involved in politics in 1981 when he became a member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party. In 1984 he went to work for John Hume as his Westminster Assistant. He became a key figure in organising by-election campaigns for Seamus Mallon and Eddie McGrady in the 1980s. In 1990 Durkan became chairperson of the SDLP, a position he served in until 1995. He was a key member of the party's negotiating team in the run up to the Good Friday Agreement. Following the Agreement he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in ...
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HML job losses for Derry

The call centre company HML has begun negotiations with staff over job losses at its Londonderry operation. Thirty eight people are going after the firm lost a major client.HML said 22 staff have already applied for voluntary redundancy but it cannot rule out 16 compulsory job losses.The company said it had worked hard to minimise the impact on employees by asking for volunteers for redundancy and was offering extensive support throughout the process.Foyle SDLP MP Mark Durkan said that while there had been job losses with HML in the city before, he was "confident" that the company would stay ...

Little love lost in tough battle for leadership of SDLP

The votes of Durkan loyalists could be crucial in a fractious campaign that could do more harm than good IT WAS never going to surprise anyone that Alasdair McDonnell would be the first to announce his ambition to lead the SDLP. Nor was it any great shock to learn that a candidate would be found to oppose him.However, the unveiling of Stormont Minister Margaret Ritchie as that opponent is making the first leadership election in the party’s 40-year history something to watch.Ritchie, standing against the counsel of South Down MP and political mentor Eddie McGrady, is now the hope of ...

Durkan wants spending watchdog

Published Date: 21 January 2009 Foyle MP Mark Durkan has called for the setting up of a new Assembly committee to keep a close eye on public spending.He's been responding at Stormont to a DUP motion calling for proposals to reduce the number of government departments and maximise money spent on frontline services.Mr Durkan said: "We propose a new standing committee based on the Public Accounts Committee that will permanently interrogate the cost of government. "It could bring in representatives and ask them to justify the money they are spending, as after all it is the job of this Assembly ...

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Plastic bag levy 'could offset grants cuts': Mark H Durkan - Belfast Telegraph
Belfast TelegraphPlastic bag levy 'could offset grants cuts': Mark H DurkanBelfast TelegraphAfter meeting environmental charities yesterday, Environment Committee chair Anna Lo said groups are concerned the entire sector will be wiped out. But Mr Durkan told the committee that if his department is able to achieve 400 voluntary job ...
Mark H Durkan in £1m plastic bag pledge to struggling groups - BBC News
BBC NewsMark H Durkan in £1m plastic bag pledge to struggling groupsBBC NewsUp to £1m raised from the tax on plastic bags could help sustain environmental groups whose funding has been slashed in the Stormont budget. Minister Mark H Durkan said he would use the carrier bag levy to offer funds to struggling voluntary groups.Durkan: Blame bad budget for environment cutsBelfast Newsletter'Bad budget deal' behind cutsBelfast TelegraphCarrier bag money to help environmental groupsU.TVBelfast Liveall 10 news articles »
Durkan: Investigation of site did not yield any evidence of the deposition of ... - Londonderry Today
Londonderry TodayDurkan: Investigation of site did not yield any evidence of the deposition of ...Londonderry TodayMr Durkan said: “Under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, the primary legislation under which NIEA enforces waste-related activities, waste is regarded as 'any substance or object which the holder discards or intends or is ...
Mark Durkan denies environmental groups were unaware cuts were coming - BBC News
BBC NewsMark Durkan denies environmental groups were unaware cuts were comingBBC NewsEnvironment Minister Mark H Durkan has denied that cuts to the grants for a number of environmental groups were imposed without consultation or strategic thinking. Environmental campaigners criticised the move. Mr Durkan told BBC Radio Ulster's Inside ...

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