Archive for the 'Nuclear' Category

Mourne Observer getting it wrong on proposed windfarm 24th Oct 2012

Mourne Observer being too influenced by ‘big money’????  Editor is probably correct though, The Mourne Observer tends to get it right over the medium to long term and always allows the right of reply

Farmers criticise planners over delays 31st Oct 2012

Farmers highlight 83% positive planning decisions for wind turbines across NI, but on 17% approved in Down District in 2010 (and it is now 2013)

Councuillor Backs wind turbines 17th oct 2012

Cllr Cadogan Enright supports proposals for a windfarm off the South Down coast in principle, but seek connectivity for local farmers who will help keep the economic benefits of renewable energy in the local area


South Down Councillor Cadogan Enright and the Green Party in the Republic has raised concern at plans by the Department of Energy in the UK to build a string of new nuclear power stations, after claims that the proposed plants have ‘fundamental design faults’. Seven of these stations are to be located opposite Ireland on Britain’s west coast.

A campaign group in France says leaked confidential documents show tests on the European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) present a potentially catastrophic scenario. This issue was raised in the Irish Seanad yesterday by the Green Party and the representative body for Local Authorities in Britain and Ireland had also raised concerned at the plans.

Cllr Enright said, “Nuclear Free Local Authorities, a highly regarded organisation of Local Authorities representing major cities in the UK and eleven Local Authorities in Ireland, has asked the UK’s Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to investigate reports that the new European Pressurised Water Reactor contains fundamental design faults that could in the words of one campaign group, cause ‘another Chernobyl’, should a reactor core become unstable.”

“Northern Ireland has always rejected nuclear power, especially in South Down. Some DUP and UUP elected representitives have called for one of these stations to be sited at St John’s Point in this constituency – and even for nuclear waste to be stored here. It is ludiicrous for the government to be ringing the Irish Sea with new nuclear power stations when it does not know what to do with the waste from the old ones. We do not want a nuclear power station in Northern Ireland, or the seven proposed for the coast opposite us, and we certainly don’t want to be the UK’s nuclear waste dump,” concluded Cadogan Enright.

Press Coverage:

Enright raises concern over new nuclear plants


The Record Breaking SeaGen Turbine now fully operational.

Green Party Cllr Cadogan Enright has expressed his delight at the news that the tidal stream turbine between Strangford and Portaferry has broken the world record for generating renewable energy.

Cllr Enright represents Down District Council on the Strangford Lough Management Advisory Committee and is the Green Party spokesperson for Energy in Northern Ireland.

Cllr Cadogan Enright said, “SeaGen has been undergoing trials since it was installed at the mouth of Strangford Lough in May and is now running its turbines at full capacity producing enough power for 1000 homes. This is another world first in Co. Down. This system is generating 1.2 megawatts of energy which is four times more powerful than any other tidal system.”

Cllr Enright pointed out that Co Down was on the leading edge of renewable energy across a range of eco-technologies. He said; “We have 500 manufacturing jobs in Kingspan in Newry, Bangor and Portadown, we have huge employment in Dimplex and over 55 small renewable energy businesses right across the district employing over 300 people. This is the least known and least celebrated success story in Down. “

Cllr Cadogan Enright condemned other local councillors like ex-Down District Chairpeson Cllr Eddie Rea who sought to ignore these successes and persisted in calling for a Nuclear power plant in Killough.

“The evacuated solar tubes produced to date in Bangor alone now produce the equivalent of the output of a nuclear power station in installations as far apart as Downpatrick, Shanghai Airport and Germany with no waste products. It is depressing when you listen to other local politicians ignoring locally based commercial successes of renewable energy in Co Down and instead call for massive subsidies for inefficient, expensive and dangerous nuclear power plants to be installed in this district with no thought as to where the waste is to be put”. Cllr Enright concluded

Press Cuttings: Enright praises tidal turbine, Enright welcomes lough turbine record, Enright welcomes record-breaking power generator