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Mark Durkan said the distillery would provide a welcome boost for the economy

Mark Durkan said the distillery would provide a welcome boost for the economy

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Mark Durkan said the distillery would provide a welcome boost for the economy

Mark Durkan recalled his days as a minister in the Executive during the debate on same-sex marriage.

"Under powers that came from the old position of Lord Lieutenant General in Ireland from the 17th century, I had to sign if a new Church of Ireland church was created," he told MPs.

"There was a wonderful vellum scroll and illuminated manuscript."

The SDLP man told his wife he "felt like a lay bishop in the Church of Ireland".

Belfast Telegraph