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The Law is my Oyster

EirGrid have caused to be published on the e-tenders page (not something your average citizen reads on a daily basis) the following call for tenders:

‘ENQEIR406 –  Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) Consultancy Services

Detailed description

EirGrid receives a wide range of queries from the general public regarding electric and magnetic fields, commonly referred to as EMF, which are associated with, but not unique to, transmission lines and underground cables. EirGrid requires the services of a specialist consultant to help with the management of these queries and provide specialist support on this topic.

The procurement of this contract is being carried out using the negotiated procedure. All of the information required to submit a valid tender response is provided in the RFP. The closing date for receipt of completed tenders is 26/03/2014.”


The tendering for, and subsequent awarding of, goods and services paid for with taxpayer’s money is an…

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About Neil van Dokkum

Neil van Dokkum (B. SocSc; LLB; LLM; PGC Con.Lit) Neil is a law lecturer and has been so since arriving in Ireland from South Africa in 2002. Prior to that Neil worked in a leading firm of solicitors from 1987-1992, before being admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa (a barrister) in 1992. He published three books in South Africa on employment law and unfair dismissal, as well as being published in numerous national and international peer-reviewed journals. Neil currently specialises in employment law, medical negligence law, family law and child protection law. He dabbles in EU law (procurement and energy). Neil retired from full-time practice in 2002 to take up a lecturing post. He has published three books since then, “Nursing Law for Irish Students (2005); “Evidence” (2007); and “Nursing Law for Students in Ireland” (2011). His current interest is the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.
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