Tuesday, February 24, 2009

But you knew this already!

The Scranton Times needs to start reading this blog it would seem if they want the breaking news.

Readers of this blog knew of this last week. They read it here and here.

Here is the "news" from the Times.

The leader of a Catholic minority party in Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government will deliver the principal remarks at the 103rd annual dinner of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County.

Mark Durkan, 48, head of the Social Democratic and Labor Party, will speak at the society’s gathering March 17 at Genetti Manor in Dickson City, Friendly Sons President John Keeler said.

Mr. Durkan attended St. Columb’s College, Queen’s University and the University of Ulster Magee and became an aide to John Hume, who founded the SDLP in 1970. In 1998, Mr. Hume and David Trimble, leader of the Protestant Ulster Unionist Party, won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end decades of social and religious conflict in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Durkan served on Derry City Council from 1993 to 2000 and was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998. In 2001, he succeeded Mr. Hume as leader of the SDLP, Northern Ireland’s largest Catholic political party. He has been a member of parliament since 2005.

Mr. Durkan specializes in issues involving civil liberties, economic development, health care and children’s rights.

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