Councillor Cadogan Enright will contest the South Down Westminster and MLA elections.
Responding to his nomination Cllr Enright said: “I am delighted to have been chosen to contest the Westminster election in South Down. I believe that the current economic downturn can be overcome with huge social and environmental benefits in South Down. In Co Down we have over 1300 manufacturing jobs in Green industries. Local politicians have not been playing their part in supporting this growth area. We need a candidate with a strong understanding of the issues involved in growing these industries. I believe I can be that candidate. It is time that we had specific targets for Northern Ireland to reduce its emissions and increase its production of renewable energy. This means insulating homes and reducing fuel bills, creating clean energy whilst also creating jobs, improving air quality thereby improving health. The British / Irish Agreement in 1998 has resolved that the border issue is in the hands of the people. It is now possible for ordinary people to put aside traditional allegiances and vote for real change in the way we manage our lives.”
Minister for Local Government and the Environment in the Republic John Gormley welcomed the selection of Cllr Cadogan Enright and said “Cadogan is a fantastic organiser and is a great choice to fight this election in South Down. The upcoming Westminster election is vital in building a support base for our candidates ahead of the next Assembly elections in 2011. The Assembly elections are based on the same constituencies but have six seats and based on the more equitable transferable vote system. ”
Also welcoming the decision, MLA Brian Wilson said: “Cadogan was my election agent when we won our first MLA seat at the last elections. Cadogan is hard working, dynamic and enthusiastic and I have no doubt he would make an excellent MP for South Down.”
“The objective of other parties fighting in this election is simply to beat each other. I offer real solutions for a new world that have already delivered over 1000 real Green jobs in County Down. This can be built on if there was a political will to do so,” concluded Cllr Cadogan Enright.