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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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6 days ago
Councillor Cadogan Enright

Ardglass Harbour needs Seasonal Workers!

On behalf of the Alliance Party I was glad to work on a cross-party basis last night in support of the dire need for seasonal workers in Ardglass Port, based on a motion from Kilkeel Cllr Michael Rice.

We also agreed to write to the new Alliance DEARA Minister Andrew Muir in support the Ministers requests to the UK Home Office to add fishing in NI as one of the industries to which seasonal working visas apply.

We are home to the largest fishing fleets at Kilkeel and Ardglass and I know first-hand the challenges facing the industry. Fishing is an important part of the economic fabric of our area and to the life in our rural communities.

We are close to some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe and I have great respect for the skill and hard work of our fishing community. We must do all we can to ensure the culture and heritage of fishing is protected for future generations also.

In recent times the UK government’s changes to unskilled visa rules, combined with our exit from the European Union, has resulted in labour shortages. Also, the rising cost of fuel as a result of the Ukraine war has left many vessels unable to reap any economic benefit offered by increased quotas.

I was pleased to welcome the new Alliance DAERA Minister Andrew Muir to Ardglass last week. He made it clear he was pressurising the UK Government on the issue of seasonal visas for crews across all 3 local harbours.

The Minister also spoke about the Fishing and Seafood Development Programme and how it represents a huge opportunity for these three harbours, which collectively generate an annual turnover of £135Mpa, support 1,550 jobs and produce an estimated GVA of £55.5m per annum for the local economy.

The capital investment outlined in the Fishing and Seafood Development programme can significantly boost this economic dividend, with ambitious plans for all 3 harbours.

But none of this can happen is our local boats don’t have crews. It is critical that the UK Government adds fishing to the list of industries where seasonal workers are allowed – We are glad to support this motion with this small amendment.

Photo shows myself with MLA Patrick Brown and Minister Andrew Muir, alongside other local representatives.
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It was fantastic to welcome DAERA Minister Andrew Muir MLA to Ardglass Harbour last Thursday.

When Alliance secured the DAERA Ministry, one of the first things the South Down Alliance team did was invite Andrew down to meet fishermen and stakeholders from our vital local fishing industry, and I'm delighted he took up the invitation within his first months in office.

Top of the agenda was the need to move forward ambitious plans for capital investment to develop the harbour and secure its long-term future, and the challenges facing many fishing crews as a result of post-Brexit labour shortages and Tory government immigration changes to skilled visa eligibility.

Andrew has a proven track record of hard work and delivery, I'm confident he will do all he can to deliver for our fishing and coastal communities in the District.

Patrick Brown MLA
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