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A successful conclusion has been brought to the campaign to overturn the refusal by the South Eastern Education and Library Board (SEELB) to allow Irish speaking children to utilise the ‘yellow bus network’ from villages around Lecale to primary school (‘bunscoil’) in Downpatrick. The campaign was organised on behalf of parents in Ardglass and Killough by Independent Councillor Cadogan Enright and supported by NI21 MLA John McCallister.

Cllr Cadogan Enright with MLA John McCallister with Ardglass and Killough parents

Cllr Cadogan Enright with MLA John McCallister with Ardglass and Killough parents

At a celebratory meeting of parents at Killough’s Millfield park Naíoscoil (Irish speaking preschool), Cllr Cadogan Enright praised the role played by MLA John McCallister, saying “The last time I took a similar case for children in Ballyhornan and Downpatrick it took 7 years and a High Court case to resolve the matter. Thanks to efficient pro-active and intelligent campaigning work by John McCallister and his Newcastle office staff we were able to win this case in a record 4 months. Time is of the essence to parents with 4 and 5 year old children who need a safe and reliable transport system today, and not years down the line”.

Naíoscoil leader Maggie McKendry said “Great credit has to go to Councillor Enright for his organisation of this campaign, and especially to MLA John McCallister who sponsored 2 Ombudsman cases, mobilised the Childrens and Human Rights Commissioners and highlighted the case under the race relations act. All this was done in an incredibly short space of time.”

John McCallister said “It was clear to me from the outset that this was a simple matter of equality. Furthermore it is ‘best practice’ for schools to share facilities. Cllr Enright had confirmed with Downpatrick Primary that they had no issues with sharing transport with Downpatrick’s Bunscoil. As a Northern Irish Unionist I value our shared culture and heritage, and I am aware that it was fellow Presbyterians in Belfast who succeeded in preserving the Irish Language in Ulster 200 years ago, so we can still celebrate its usage today. The Irish language is for us all, not just one community.”

Cllr Enright agreed and thanked Downpatrick Primary for their support and said “This campaign demonstrates the excellent cross-community spirit that pervades this district, where people from different backgrounds and outlooks rally round for the benefit of all and defy those would have us at odds with each other. This is a victory for the whole community”.

Dec 4 2013 Ardglass and Killough parents seek equality

An astonishing case of 1970’s style discrimination against children between 4 to 11 years of age whose only crime is to speak Gaelic.

Unionist politician John McAllister has agreed to sponsor this case to the Civil Service Ombudsman, again demonstrating why he is held in such high regard by both sides of the Community

nov 20 2013 Tribute to Eddie McGrady

nov 20 2013 Tribute to Eddie Mcgrady by Cadogan Enright
Respect paid to the passing of local MP Eddie McGrady

nov 13 2013 debate over bishopscourt race circuit

nov 13 2013 Cadogan Enright debates race circuit at Ballyhornan

The huge residents meeting at Bishopscourt in the Ballyhornan Family Centre was addressed by Cadogan Enright


sept 18 2013 fence axed strangeford by CadoganEnright
Chairperson generously thanks Cllr Cadogan Enright and Margaret Ritchie MP for their support in winning the campaign

sept 18 2013 Cllr Enright points to clean green local energy way forward

sept 18 b 2013 clean energy way forward letters by CadoganEnright
DUP MLA needs to explain to people in Lecale need to explain the alternatives to clean local energy – Fracking? Nuclear? Coal from China? Oil and Gas from Russia?

And if he really wants to help Tourism – end his opposition to taking down territorial flags in tourist areas

sept 11 2013 Cllr Cadogan Enright and Margaret Ritchie MP support Strangford Residents

sept 11 2013 cage strangeford welcome by CadoganEnright
Strong campaign reaps early result

Aug 28 2013 Editorial Supports Farmers

Aug 28 2013 Editorial planners and farmers by CadoganEnright
Editorial of Local paper supports need of farmers to generate their own energy – and for planners to take this vital economic need on board when making their decisions. MLA’s John McCallister and Chris Hazzard have also weighed in with Cllr Cadogan Enright to support Edward Carson

july 24 2013 Cadogan Helps farmers lobby banks

july 24 2013 bankslendingfarmers by CadoganEnright

Cllr Cadogan Enright and John McCallister MLA help local farmers lobby Belfast Banks for a rational approach to lending for farm projects – and especially renewable energy projects where incomes are backed by ROC’s

Meeting officials at BoI Head Office in Belfast, the economic case was well made, and BoI officials agreed to send a delegation to Down District to meet with farmers to discuss their projects

july 3 2013 Cadogan Launches Down’s Job Brochure with Council Chair Maria McCarthy and Chirs Hazzard MLA

As Chairperson of the campaign to bring Public Sector Jobs to Down District, Cadogan organises launch of Down’s ‘sales brochure’ with help of MLA’s John McCallister, Chris Hazzard and Finance Minister Simon Hamilton.
5,500 people commute daily to Belfast for work – overwhelmingly in the public sector – Downs Public Sector Campus would provide a far more sustainable location for these jobs – drastically reducing congestion in Belfast and locally and giving a boost to local businesses who would no longer see the spending power of the District commuting to Belfast..