in the 2023 Council election I was re-elected as part of a strong 5-person team of Alliance Councillors with MLA Patrick Brown acting as my election agent. Patrick and I worked together to deliver my local government manifesto   Restore Downpatrick as our Unchallenged County Town. 

Five Councillors and an MLA - great progress!
Five Councillors and an MLA – great progress!

Myself and my 5 colleagues can be contacted though our MLA’s offices at Market Lane in the centre of Downpatrick where we lead the fight-back against the Newry-based parties to  Restore Downpatrick as our Unchallenged County Town.

We also have an office in Warrenpoint in the aptly-named Meeting Street.

These links will take you to my Facebook page and profile where you will see our team continuing to work day and daily for the people of Downpatrick and the Lecale Coast, North to Rowallane and Strangford Lough and South to the Mournes and Carlingford Lough.

 The campaigns you see on this website mostly go back before Facebook to  the 2007 to 2011 Council term and again from 2011 up to 2012. Since March 2019 I have been testing software that sends my current Facebook posts to this site – see below – It’s limited to the last dozen or so posts and I have been working on how to keep a larger number of these posts on the website.

You can contact me at cadogan@enright.ie

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📍 Saul & Raholp Canvas

In canvassing Saul and Raholp villages from Paddy’s Barn up to St Patrick's View tonight, we found a great response for Michelle Guy, with many non-traditional Alliance voters saying they were voting tactically to get the DUP incumbent MP out.

Earlier on, Nick Mathison MLA and Michelle Guy were with me and key Alliance members in the area, reviewing constituency issues from Raholp to Ballystokes to Saul.

🗳 On 4th July, Vote Guy

Cllr Jill Truesdale APNI Cllr Tierna Howie Councillor David Lee-Surginor Helena Young Cllr Rachel Ashe Nick Mathison MLA Alliance Party - Strangford Cllr Vicky Moore Lorna McAlpine
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I took time out from campaigning for Michelle Guy Strangford today to report DfI Roads Service to the Environmental Crimes Office of DAERA. My complaint was both personal and in response to the many written complaints I've had from constituents. It reads as follows:


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am reporting the widespread and grossly excessive spraying of roads in County Down including ASSIs (See photo), AONBs and more generally across my area.

As I understand it, roadside verges were becoming a respected wildlife corridor across Northern Ireland with cutting limited to only junctions and sightlines, but no spraying. The spraying that has occurred these last few weeks has been absolutely devastating for wildlife, wildflowers, pollinating insects and really upsetting large numbers of my constituents, many of whom have taken the trouble to write or phone me on this issue.

In most European countries, this would be treated as a wildlife crime, and it is within your power to treat this as a wildlife crime. There has been no spraying in recent years on verges in our area, and a reduced amount of verge cutting, which I was led to believe was on account of the understanding that verges play a vital role in the natural environment in Northern Ireland.

Please write and tell me what action you are taking with DfI Roads to ensure that this devastating episode will never be repeated again, and what action you are taking with DfI Roads by way of penalty for what has occurred.

Michelle Guy Strangford Nick Mathison MLA Andrew McMurray Alliance Party Cllr Tierna Howie Cllr Jill Truesdale APNI Helena Young Councillor David Lee-Surginor - Rowallane DEA South Down Alliance Alliance Party - Strangford Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland Lecale Conservation Association RSPB Northern Ireland True Harvest Seeds Debbie Gillies Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland Bumblebee Conservation Trust
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Cadogan I couldnt agree more. I do understand that it may be required on a limited basis for road safety reasons, but this year the spraying has been horrendous.


I'm sure you will have noticed that Downpatrick has been split off from the Lecale coast in the upcoming election.

In Downpatrick, Ardglass & Killough, our candidate is Andrew McMurray whose posters I am putting up today.

Saul, Strangford, Kilclief, Ballyhornan & Chapeltown, as well as the Quoile area, have our candidate Michelle Guy Strangford, whose posters I put up yesterday. In this new Strangford constituency, Alliance are currently runners up behind the DUP.

Every vote counts. Make sure you've registered to vote before June 18th, or applied for your postal vote by the 19th.

Cllr Tierna Howie Cllr Jill Truesdale APNI Councillor David Lee-Surginor - Rowallane DEA Helena Young South Down Alliance Cllr Rachel Ashe Lorna McAlpine Nick Mathison MLA Kellie Armstrong MLA Councillor Patricia Morgan Alliance Party - Strangford
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Love the hat, Cadogan!

The hat and trousers combo, election gear on 👍

Paint Recycling at the HRC!

The new policy allowing people to recycle paint is about 3 months old and I was able to get several pots of usable matte, silk vinyl, and gloss paint today at Downpatrick Household Recycling Centre.

In looking around the container where the paint is held, I can see that a system for getting rid of the obvious rubbish is not yet in place, and I will be suggesting to council management that on a weekly basis the obvious rubbish is weeded out and sent for processing so people don't have to wade through 10 cans of unusable material for every 1 decent can that they can use.

A brilliant policy meaning you can head down and pick up any paint you like the look of, or drop off any paint you won't use.
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9am this Friday! Come and replant sand dunes at Tyrella Beach.
Meet at the public car park - volunteers don't need to pay the car parking charge.Come planting!
In partnership with Strangford and Lecale AONB and Newry Mourne and Down District Council.

Join us on Tyrella beach for planting shore grasses. Helping to reduce erosion and restore the sand dunes we'll be starting at 9am and going on till it's finished, usually around 1pm. Bring drink, snack, trowel if you have one and stay on yourselves for a picnic. Judith is bringing coffee, tea and buns, yummy!

Grasses we're planting are Lyme, Marram and Sand Couch.
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