Craigavon’s only Alliance councillor, Conrad Dixon, was badly injured in a road accident on Saturday.
Mr Dixon was visiting his brother In Belfast and borrow his bicycle to go to the shops at Lisburn Road. On his return he smashed into a car door that had been opened and spent the rest of the day at The Royal Victoria Hospital, where his injuries were being attended to.
His face was badly injured – two black eyes, a lot of bruising and various cuts to the forehead. As well at that he sustained arms and legs injuries.
“I was in pretty poor shape,” he said. “My brother had to run me back home to Portadown, and I’ve been off work all week, although I’m able to do a bit from home.”
Mr Dixon works as a solicitor with the Southern Health and Social Services Board and hopes to get back to work next week, “although my appearance is rather scary.”
He made the council in the 2011 elections, surprisingly beating Ciaran Corr at the final count in the Central Ward, the only Alliance representative in the Civic Centre since Sean Hagan was elected in 1997.
But he will just be serving the one term, as he has decided to step down for the elections this May to the new super council, uniting Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon councils, the ABC administration.
“The new council will have more powers and I simply don’t have the time to devote to it,” he said. “But Alliance will be in the mix, with the candidates due to be announced within the next fortnight or so. In the meantime, I’m taking it easy to recover from this accident.”