I have had quite a number of achievements since I became a councillor at the end of 2006.

In addition to my constituency work (click here to see) , I have also ran several successful campaigns that ran for between a year and four years in length.

I summarise a few of these for you here, with links to pages that give more details. Several of my campaigns ended up in the High Court before they were concluded.  If you can contribute to the cost of legal advice, publicity or on-going logistical cost of these campaigns and other – Click Here;


WINNING a £4 MILLION BATTLE OVER RATES

Between 2009 and 2012 I argued that Down District Council had accumulated about £4 million too much in its cash reserves and was raising rates unnecessarily.  The reserves peaked at £10.5 million in April 2010 forcing me to vote against adopting the Councils annual accounts and was beaten 22 to 1 on the subject. I raised the issues involved with the external auditor, and had the councils own internal audit committee vote time for our own internal auditor to investigate the matter – it was confirmed that we could have reserves as low as £1.7 million if we wanted, and that our reserves were the highest of any council outside Belfast and way ahead of neighbouring councils.

In 2012 my position was vindicated and Down Council voted to reduce reserves to stave off big rates increases for a period of 4 years.  See link


STOPPING PROPOSED BADGER CULL IN CO. DOWN, N.IRELAND AND REPUBLIC

Badger  I have successfully campaigned with local environmentalists opposed to a proposed Badger Cull in Co.Down for several years – it was seen as a prelude to a wider cull in N.I.. It was based on the discredited notion that badgers spread T.B amongst cattle.
While this campaign was ongoing, we successfully extended the campaign south of the boarder, and managed to stop the extension of the cull in the 26 counties of Ireland in its tracks by convincing the Minister for the Environment of the illegality and financial wastfulness of giving in to the ‘badger cull lobby’ that had made so much money from this policy in the Republic.  Link to Badger Cull campaign.


LEADER OF CAMPAIGN TO STOP INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENT AGENCY (EPA) CHARGED

A key player in preventing N.Ireland getting an Independent Environmental Agency was successfully prosecuted after 3 years of campaigning by Cllr Cadogan Enright. Important precedent in Environmental Enforcement


SCHOOL BUSES REFUSED FOR IRISH-SPEAKING CHILDREN

Irish Speaking Children only children to be denied school bus

Irish Speaking Children in Downpatrick and elsewhere in NI had been refused the same form of transport to their school (Coláiste Feirste in Belfast) that every other regional school in Belfast was provided with and likewise refused its own dedicated transport network covering County Down, which every other regional college in Belfast had too.
After more that 5 years of campaigning, this case was finally won at the end of 2011. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS .


 


ENERGY


(Download the document here) This policy document as co-authored by Down District councillor Cadogan Enright with Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for Energy, Communications and Natural Resources, Republic of Ireland. Long Version



EAST DOWN AREA OF OUSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY CAMPAIGN

Cadogan With Minister Poots at Tyrella

I  opposed serious errors in AONB designations on the East Down coast from the Department of the Environment, and initiated a vigourous campaign by local people that was ultimately successful. These serious anomalies inclided the revocation of AONB status for Tyrella’s blue flag beach and Miners town’s wildlife beach. Astonishing they were proposing that the car park at ASDA and McDonalds take-away in Downpatrick were proposed to be inserted into the AONB. This made no sense and inspired a vigourous campaign. see link here


SUBMISSION TO MOURNE NATIONAL PARK WORKING PARTY

I worked with my predecessor Bill Corry and others on a successful submission on the proposed Mourne National Park to the Mourne National Park Working Party.  Key recommendations in our porposal on the boundaries to the park were accepted with the assistance of a letter of support I had received from the Minister of the Environment in the Republic.
I feel the jobs potential of establishing Northern Ireland’s first National Park centered on the Mournes and Carlingford Lough cannot be over-estimated when we see what happened in Killarney, The Lake District and elsewhere. A National Park will demonstrate commitment to good environmental management for the region but must be introduced in a manner that will protect or enhance the opportunities of local people and promote rural development. Download the  Submission on the National Park.


DOWN DISTRICT POLICY ON SUSTAINABILITY AND THE LAW

Sustainability
Submission by Councillor Cadogan Enright to the Down District Council’s Audit Committee and Corporate Plan prior to the 2009 DDC AGM regarding sustainability and the law in the Down District. This route eventually forced the council to adopt a ‘Sustainable Development Plan’. Up until this point, council management had maintained that there was no legal duty to prepare such a plan. audit-committee-and-corporate-plan-re-sustainability-and-the-law