Community leaders from villages across the Lecale turned up to support Independent Downpatrick Councillor Cadogan Enright’s re-election bid on Tuesday at the official signing and handing in his nomination nomination papers at Down District Council’s Ardglass Road headquarters. He is hoping to be one of the 41 councillors in the ‘shadow’ council between Down District Council and Down District Council which becomes Newry, Mourne and Down Council in a year’s time.
Retired Councillor and local Green Party leader Bill Corry praised Councillor Enright’s work with wildlife and environmental projects since the last local elections and called on local environmentalists to support the re-election campaign saying “for many years past, Downpatrick town and the Lecale coastal villages have elected a cross-community, Independent or green candidate. Councillor Cadogan Enright has been a catalyst for change in Down Council, putting the needs of Downpatrick and District ahead of party politics. I call on voters to ensure we keep an alternative voice to the domination of big parties alive in Downpatrick and along the Lecale Coast”.
Strangford Community Association Chair Diarmuid Riordan said: “Councillor Cadogan Enright has earned a place in the new Council through his tireless work and genuine effort to help and work with our communities. We need at least one of our councillors to be independent, winning his seat by hard work, not just by belonging to one of the larger parties.”
Kilclief Residents Association Chair Maurice Denvir said: “I nominated Cllr. Cadogan Enright for the new Council election on account of his excellent work in Kilclief and other areas locally. Councillor Enright has worked year in and year out for this area, and is the only Councillor we see around here on a regular basis working on the ground”.
Ardglass Development Association Chair Mary McCargo also agreed adding: “Cllr. Cadogan Enright represents a radical alternative to the ‘business as usual’ approach of other politicians in our area and is never afraid to tackle the difficult campaigns that Councillors in larger parties shy away from”.
And local farmers leader Alan Montgomery said: “Councillor Cadogan Enright has made a significant contribution to the economic well-being of farmers in the Lecale area though his work on renewable energy projects and economic development. The farming community needs this work to continue.”
Pictured above at the handing in of Cllr Cadogan Enright’s nomination papers were Strangford Community Association Chair Diarmuid Riordan, Kilclief Residents Association Chair Maurice Denvir, Ballyhornan Realm vice-chair Barry Mervyn, Ardglass Development Association Chair Mary McCargo, Councillor Cadogan Enright with his wife Brenda and son CadÓg, Ardglass Festival Committee representative Gerry Casey, Raholp community activist Tom Reynolds and wife Mary, Padráig MacThiranán, Knocnashinna (Downpatrick), Bill Corry, Downpatrick, ex-Green Party Councillor and election agent), Chair of local Farmers collective DDFFRE Alan Montgomery, Rossglass, Secretary of local Farmers collective DDFFRE, David Chambers Tullynaskeagh.