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MLA Durkan's girlfriend thought proposal was April Fool's Day joke

When a Foyle MLA proposed to his girlfriend, she dismissed it as an April Fool’s day prank, but now the happy couple have announced their engagement.

With timing paramount in politics, Mark H Durkan might have picked a better day to ask Anne Carlin for her hand in marriage, however on April 1 he phoned her early in the morning and said he had a question for her.

“He called up at 7.30am and said ‘I’ve something to ask you’. When he said ‘would you marry me?’ I said ‘ah right, April fool, see ya later’,” Anne told the Irish News.

“So he took me to Belfast zoo and we walked up the hills together and just past the monkey enclosure he asked me a second time. It was really lovely.”

Belfast Telegraph