Enright may be back

Enright may be back

Enright may be back

By Conor Ganly

OLWYN Enright has declined to rule out a return to politics in the future.

The outgoing Laois-Offaly TD is stepping down for family reasons but she had a high profile presence at Fine Gael's General Election convention last weekend. She sat at the top table during the candidates speeches in Mountmellick.

"I love politics and I have been honoured and privileged to be involved. At the same time when you make a decision for family reasons it makes it easier. But I'll miss it," she told this paper.

Asked about never saying never and if this was the end of her political life, the TD left a door open.

"You never know. I enjoy politics but I will be based with my husband in Donegal and that obviously makes things difficult from a Laois Offaly perspective. But I am very young still and a lot of people don't go into politics until much later in life, but I want to spend time with my family for now," she said.

She was confident that her party would hold two seats. While she believes a third seat could be won, she said it was hard to call which county would deliver the gain.

She expected the election to be less localised with people looking at the national picture. Ms Enright acknowledged that there will be loyalty to Brian Cowen but she believes this would be decisive.

"Offaly people are very pragmatic. They do look at the lack of delivery on the ground. There is a huge rate of unemployment and there is a lot of anger," she said.