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Extremely constructive talks on modern energy storage project

Leading energy storage project discussed between Cllr Enright, Environmental minister Durkan and leaders of the Ulster Farmers union and DDFFRE.

Leading energy storage project discussed between Cllr Enright, Environmental minister Durkan and leaders of the Ulster Farmers union and DDFFRE.


Ground-breaking energy storage project discussed in extremely productive talks with Environmental minister Durkan. Councillor Enright led a delegation of leaders of the Ulster Farmers union and local Down farmers organisation DDFFRE. The scheme would be the first of its type in the UK and Ireland and is slated to be based at the old airdrome in Ballyhornan and serving Ardglass and other Lecale villages with renewable energy.

Minister promised to make an on-site tour in July

Grant given to local Energy storage scheme

DDFFRE and David Surplus from B9 meet with Cllr Cadogan Enright over a new energy storage project fund worth up to a possible £450,000 for the Lecale area.

DDFFRE and David Surplus from B9 meet with Cllr Cadogan Enright over a new energy storage project fund worth up to a possible £450,000 for the Lecale area.

Councillor Enright organised a joint funding application between energy company B9 representative David Surplus and the local farmers co-operative Down District Farmers for renewable energy. The grant is aimed at creating a ‘micro-grid’ in the Lecale area which will enable farmers to connect to the national grid without the massive charges they currently face of up to £450,000 for a connection. This will make the Lecale area the first project of its kind in Britain and Ireland.

Coney Island affected by Porky pies


Local residents were outraged when they read this article suggesting they had not been abandoned without sandbags by the road service.

Local residents were outraged when they read this article suggesting they had not been abandoned without sandbags by the road service.

Local residents were outraged when they read this article suggesting they had not been abandoned without sandbags by the road service. Councillor Enright has organised a meeting between council and road service to ensure that one of the two will take responsibility for Coney Island in future flooding situations.

Election Launch by Community Leaders and Farmers for Councillor Cadogan Enright

Community Leaders and Farmers Support Councillor Cadogan Enright’s re-election bid in Downpatrick

 Community leaders from villages across Lecale turned up to support Independent Downpatrick Councillor Cadogan Enright’s re-election bid on Tuesday, signing and handing in his nomination  nomination papers at Down Council’s Ardglass Road HQ.

Strangford Community Association Chair Diarmuid Riordan said “Councillor Cadogan Enright has earned a place in the new Council through his tireless work and genuine effort to help and work with our communities. We need at least one of our councillors to be independent, winning his seat by hard work, not just by belonging to one of the larger parties.”

Kilclief Residents Association Chair Maurice Denvir said “I nominated Cllr. Cadogan Enright for

the new Council election, on account of his excellent work in Kilclief and other areas locally. Councillor Enright has worked year in and year out for this area, and is the only Councillor we see around here on a regular basis working on the ground”.

Ardglass Development Association Chair Mary McCargo agreed and said “Cllr. Cadogan Enright represents a radical alternative to the ‘business as usual’ approach of other politicians in our area and is never afraid to tackle the difficult campaigns that Councillors in larger parties shy away from”.

Local farmers leader Alan Montgomery said “Councillor Cadogan Enright has made a significant contribution to the economic well-being of farmers in the Lecale area though his work on renewable energy projects and economic development. The farming  community needs this work to continue.”

Retired Councillor and local Green Party Leader Bill Corry praised Councillor Enright’s work with wildlife and environmental projects since the last local elections and called on local environmentalists to support the re-election campaign saying “for many years past, Downpatrick town and the Lecale coastal villages have elected a cross-community, Independent or green candidate. Councillor Cadogan Enright has been a catalyst for change in Down Council, putting the needs of Downpatrick and District ahead of party politics. I call on voters to ensure we keep an alternative voice to the domination of big parties alive in Downpatrick and along the Lecale Coast”.

Attached is a photograph of, from the left,

Strangford Community Association Chair Diarmuid Riordan,

Kilclief Residents Association Chair Maurice Denvir

Ballyhornan Realm vice-chair Barry Mervyn

Ardglass Development Association Chair Mary McCargo

Councillor Cadogan Enright, wife Brenda and son CadÓg

Ardglass Festival Committee Gerry Casey

Raholp community activist Tom Reynolds and wife Mary

Padráig MacThiranán, Knocnashinna, Downpatrick

Bill Corry, Downpatrick, ex Green Party Councillor and election agent

Chair of local Farmers collective DDFFRE Alan Montgomery, Rossglass

Secretary of local Farmers collective DDFFRE, David Chambers Tullynaskeagh


Here is the front page of the Ardglass Election leaflet

Front of Ardglass canvass leaflet



and here is the back page showing some of the campaigns I have run in Ardglass at this link

Ardglass Canvass Leaflet – what I have been doing in Ardglass since last Elections



There has been an on-going debate in Ardglass in recent years over the ownership of the Marina.

Cllr Cadogan Enright and John McCallister MLA making complaint at at Chartites commission

Cllr Cadogan Enright and John McCallister MLA making complaint at at Chartites commission

• Respected community activists maintain the Marina is a charitable company created for the benefit of the people of Ardglass.

• Some well known local politicians claim that the Marina is a ‘private company’ run by its directors and that the community doesn’t have any say.

• In June 2013 I was asked to investigate this matter. It has been a long and difficult investigation, and my case-file is nearly a foot thick.

I am satisfied that the Marina should be a charity managed and controlled for the benefit of the people of Ardglass. This is my summary report to you.   CLICK HERE FOR THE SUMMARY REPORT

Cllr Cadogan Enright


Abbreviated Accounts 2014

Annual Returns 2014

IFI letter of offer to ADA – bank details redacted

IFI letter of offer to ADA bank details un-redacted


NIFHA Lease with Phennick Cove Developments

Phennick Cove – articles of association

Phennick Cove – certificate of Incorporation

Phennick Cove – Memorandum of Association

Phennick Cove company membership list supplied by Tughan Solicitors

Public Accounts Committee – discussion on NIAO Rural Development

Registration section 40( ) exemption from using term Limited

Section 40 requirements

The Rural Development Programme – NIAO Report

SKATE BOARDERS and BMX’ERS looking for a home in Downpatrick

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright with the leaders of Downe Urban Sports Association  Matthew Kennedy front and Kris Burke centre at the Saint Patricks Centre.

Attached is a photograph of Cllr Cadogan Enright with the leaders of Downe Urban Sports Association Matthew Kennedy front and Kris Burke centre at the Saint Patricks Centre.

Independent Downpatrick Councilor Cadogan Enright has helped local young people involved in ‘Urban Sports’set up a club and seek funding for a Downpatrick-based based facility for sports like BMX or Skateboarding.

Councillor Enright said “I  met with a large number of young people at the Saint Patricks Centre on 2 occasions last week to help set them set up a formal sports organization. We discovered from Sports N.I. that there were dozens of Urban Sports clubs across the country but no National umbrella organization. Councils have been building facilities for these sports North and South with the latest one being built by Wicklow County Council. I and have requested a meeting with Down Councils Sports and Leisure managers to see if they can be accommodated in the new Leisure centre.”

“There is a big crowd of BMXers and Skateboarders from all the villages in Down District who want a venue in Downpatrick for their sports – maybe in Dunleath Park. These athletic young people use areas around Downpatrick at the moment like St Patricks Square/ St Patricks Centre which has drawn complaints from some quarters. They are entitled to practice their sports and need somewhere they can go to do it safely and with Council approval.“

Cllr Enright chaired a meeting that had been organized on Facebook, where they ratified a constitution, elected a committee and applied for membership of ‘Sported’ to train them how to apply for grants.

At the inaugural meeting Kris Burke from Ardglass was voted in as Chairperson. Kris said “Many of our members travel into Downpatrick from Killough, Newcastle, Ardglass and other areas to meet and compete with each other at the moment around Downpatrick town centre. We want to see if Down Council can set up with a location that would suit better than the likes of Saint Patricks Square, so that we can encourage a wider participation in these sports.  Ideally a venue near the bus station like Dunleath Park would suit.”

Matthew Kennedy agreed and said “The whole complex in Dunleath Park is being rebuilt at the moment. There must be somewhere our sports can be fitted in in this huge development. There appear to be several areas of derelict land on the site. We want Council management to meet with us to discuss this and to help us apply for funding to Sport NI and the lotto-run ‘Awards for All’”.



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”.


Down Coastal Rowing Ardglass meeting in Bath Street

Picture of everyone at our inaugural meeting in Bath Street

CALLING ALL ARDGLASS TEAM MEMBERS ! – NEXT MEETING FRIDAY 5pm at ‘Everyones Club drop-in centre’ Bath Street Ardglass

I undertook to get a numbers cleared up after our initial meeting and the report back is as follows;

1. Down Rowing will have central constitution that all members will be part of. We will need to review the draft central constitution & in so doing take names.

2. Down Coastal Rowing are arranging insurance and bank accounts

3. Tools – I have have been told that any normal DIYer will have the tools needed.

4. Centrally organised ‘kick off meeting’ for all members will be on Monday 10th again in Down Arts Centre at 7pm 

Also the boat kits are now all in Portaferry but some extra timbers will be needed. The timbers for keel stem & gunwhales will now be funded from SLLP but advises that strengthening wood to brace the building jig as well as consumables protective clothing gloves masks hand cleaner etc etc will have to be funded locally – I am guessing guess at a manageable £250 but it might be no more than £500 local. I assume we have to add the cost of the oars to that.



  1. Harbour Building
  2. ADA Building
  3. Milligan’s Fish Processing Unit

All buildings were capable of being made good for the purpose of making the Skiffs however there were varying amounts of work required to make them ready for use along with tenancy issues.


The shell and structure of the building was in good order.  The area identified as suitable for building the boat was an actual ‘Cold Room’ used for fish processing.  The room had no electric fitted but if connected to an electric supply could be temperature controlled and ventilation supplied.  Similarly light and power points would be needed.

Currently there is no water or toilet facilities, no direct ventilation or natural light.  If working inside the main doors would need to be left open.

The building is currently unusable because of the lack of facilities, services and ventilation.  Mr Mulhall stated that he could get someone to put the services and facilities in place.

Currently the building is not accessible as there is no tenancy agreement.  Mr Mulhall said he felt it was possible to obtain an agreement.  Mr Mulhall’s organisation ‘Street Safe’ is a charitable organisation and so can get the premises rates free.


The ADA building is structurally sound and in good order.  An area identified as main floor of the former shop would be suitable for constructing the boat although it may possibly need segregated from the rest of the building in some way during the construction period.  This will depend on the future use of the building.

All required facilities & services exist i.e. electric, water, toilets etc. (no disabled toilet).

The building is more or less ready with very little required to bring the building into use for constructing the Skiff.  The group would have access straight away and the only concern would be asking the current users (craft class) to move or vacate the building.


This building is modern and structurally sound.  However there is no water or toilet facilities.  It is currently used for the repair and storage of boats and material used in the fish processing business.

The location of the building and access are quite remote especially if it had to be used at night.

Mr Mulhall stated that he could get the water and toilet facilities put into the building.

Currently the building is not accessible as there is no tenancy agreement.  Mr Mulhall said he felt it was possible to obtain an agreement.  Mr Mulhall’s organisation ‘Street Safe’ is a charitable organisation and so can get the premises rates free.

J L Lawson

Project Co-ordinator

22nd Feb. 2014


Hendersons have been in contact with ADA offering the Cochrane old shop for a period of (9) nine months which can be followed by a further nine month if wished for.
Hendersons are emailing ADA with a blank agreement form for consideration at the next ADA meeting which I am told by Mary McCargo should be a formality. Terms will be a nominal rent (amount if anything, to cover admin costs)
ADA Charity exemption can be used to get rates exemption on the premises.  There are a number of benefits to this location as follows;
1. Next to public toilets
2. Next to Cafe
3. Next to Harbour, seaman’s mission etc etc
4. Loads of room
5. None of the complications of the other sites we looked at

see latest email from Leonard Lawson

Subject: Constitution
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:48:35 +0000

Hi All

Just to bring you up to-date with developments:
A draft constitution has be drawn-up, copy to follow.
SLLP are holding a meeting in the Arts Centre in Downpatrick on Friday the 7th March at 7pm for the proposed management team to consider the draft constitution and give you an update on, insurance, team funding and any issues that might arise.  As part of that committee can you please ensure that you or your representative from your team can attend.
This will be followed with the 1st General meeting of the Down Coastal Rowing Club on Monday 10th again in Down Arts Centre at 7pm for all existing team members.
 If there is any difficulty please come back to me.
Answers to some current questions:
Team Costs:
Money required to purchase equipment and materials over and above the items SLLP are supplying will have to be met by the Team.
With the proposed constitution you will not need to hold a general meeting, elect a committee or open a bank account for your team you will only need to adopt the structure we have already suggested.  The most urgent thing if you have not already done so is the election of a Team Captain and a structure for your team.
Starting Work:
Before the Club is formally created, at the general meeting, and everyone joins your team can start work as  ‘volunteers’ for the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership.  As long as those names are lodged with Gillian beforehand as volunteers they will be covered by the SLLP insurance.  This is on condition that no powered hand tools or machinery powered from the mains is being used until a  electrical cert. has been obtained.
A lot of power tools nowadays are battery powered and so can be used safely without being plugged into the electrical system.

From: Cadogan Enright []
Sent: 13 February 2014 15:41
To:; Gillian Armstrong
Cc: Mary McCargo; Jim down news masson Jim Masson
Subject: Coastal Rowing


just to let you know that I chaired the inaugural meeting of the Ardglass Branch of your organisation last night in my capacities as being on the Strangford and Lecale Partnership and as a local councillor.

It was held in ADA’s premises in Bath street.

The meeting was well attended despite an appalling storm. There was lost of enthusiasm as well as a lot of boat-building and qualified operating experience to be had

there were 3 main queries

1. Were you to base branch constitutions on the sort of document handed out by Down or Ards Councils, we could each get a small start=up grant of £200 per branch

2. How will insurance be handled – it would be good if the main office so to speak could organise insurance for each of the properly constituted branches

3. Will the kits come with tools? or will we have to find or buy them?

I was not able to be there at 1 today as I was over with Caroline at the Launch in Portaferry

Cllr Cadogan Enright

Down Coastal Rowing Club (Ardglass Branch)

Independent Councillor Cadogan Enright chaired the inaugural meeting of Down Coastal Rowing Club (Ardglass Branch) was held Wednesday night in the village at the Ardglass Development Association (ADA) drop-in centre in Bath Street. A steering committee was formed to fully set up the local group.

Local enthusiasts have formed a local Ardglass branch of the Down Coastal Rowing Club.Local enthusiasts formed the Ardglass branch of the Down Coastal Rowing Club (DCRC). The DCRC emerged from an initiative pioneered by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership and the PSNI. The aim is to build eight 22-feet wooden St Ayle’s skiffs in local coastal communities and ultimately have them take part in regattas and events along the Lecale Coast and in Strangford Lough in a fun and on a competitive basis.

Cllr Enright represents Down Council on the Strangford Lough and Lecale partnership and said “St Ayle’s skiffs have a strong international following. Each one will be built by local enthusiasts and rowed by people in their communities. There is a great opportunity for a healthy inter-community rivalry which will no doubt be a feature of the main festivals in east Down in the summer time in the near future.”

The Ardglass branch is now seeking members to join up. All persons joining the Ardglass branch will also be required to join the Down Coastal Rowing Club (DCRC) overall organisation which will co-ordinate much of the developments etc. (Cost of membership fee is £5,)

If  you think you may have a useful set of skills in boat-building such as woodworking, painting etc, why not get involved? It is expected that each skiff takes up to 800 work hours to complete and a team is required to see this project through.

To express you interested initially, contact Mary McCargo, 028 44 841575, Cadogan Enright at 07590462329  or Jim Masson on07855545873.

Many hands make light work.