Paying for our water

It might be a good idea for people to read this again.

The Law is my Oyster


Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 (the “Water Directive”), had as its aim the development of an integrated EU policy on water. The EU recognised that “waters in the Community are under increasing pressure from the continuous growth in demand for sufficient quantities of good quality water for all purposes” and that there was a “need for action to protect Community waters in qualitative as well as in quantitative terms.”

Many commentators glibly say that “EU Directives are binding”, without really explaining what this means. Whilst the essence of that statement is true, it must be noted that Directives are not immediately and automatically binding in the sense that as soon as they are passed by the EU Parliament they become Irish law. This is not the case. EU Directives are “transposed” into Irish law.

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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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