Midi De Paor Walsh expressed grave concern and disappointment with the terms of reference announced by the Independent Expert Panel.


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West Waterford local election candidate Midi De Paor Walsh expressed grave concern and disappointment with the terms of reference announced by the Independent Expert Panel.
An Sean Pobal native said “The costs of property and farmland devaluation are not mentioned – at all. In January this year EirGrid said that this was a main concern in the 35,000 submissions it received. How can a valid cost comparison between overhead lines and underground cables be undertaken when these real costs are excluded? Real costs to the public can not be ignored.
It has taken 4 months for the terms of reference to be published; they are finally published 2 weeks out from the Local & European Elections. This is political engineering; we want real engineering.”
Midi continued “What has been specifically excluded is of more interest that what has been included”
Health issues are another major concern…

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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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