Mark Durkan

Mark Durkan
2nd deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland
In office
6 November 2001 – 14 October 2002
Serving with David Trimble
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded bySeamus Mallon
Succeeded byMartin McGuinness
Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party
In office
6 November 2001 – 7 February 2010
DeputyBríd Rodgers
Alasdair McDonnell
Preceded byJohn Hume
Succeeded byMargaret Ritchie
Member of Parliament
for Foyle
In office
5 May 2005 – 3 May 2017
Preceded byJohn Hume
Succeeded byElisha McCallion
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Foyle
In office
25 June 1998 – 9 November 2010
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byPól Callaghan
Personal details
John Mark Durkan

(1960-06-26) 26 June 1960 (age 58)
Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Political partySDLP
Spouse(s)Jackie Durkan
ParentsBrendan Durkan
Isobel Durkan
RelativesMark H. Durkan (nephew)
Alma materQueen's University Belfast

Mark Durkan (born 26 June 1960) is an Irish SDLP politician from Northern Ireland. Durkan 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.[1][2]

Early life

John Mark Durkan was born in Derry; his father, Brendan, was a Royal Ulster Constabulary District Inspector in Armagh.[3] He was raised by his mother, Isobel, after his father was killed in a road accident in 1961. He was educated at St. Patrick's Primary School and at St. Columb's College, where he was Head Boy.

He studied politics at the Queen's University of Belfast (QUB), and later did a part-time postgraduate course in Public Policy Management with the University of Ulster at Magee.[4] While at QUB Durkan served as Deputy President of Queen's Students' Union from 1982 to 1983. He was also elected Deputy President of the Union of Students in Ireland from 1982 to 1984.

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