The Statutory Functions and Powers of EirGrid

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My article on “The Statutory Functions and Powers of EirGrid” has been published in the Irish Law Times.

The article examines the statutory functions of both the ESB and EirGrid with a view to comparing and contrasting the two in order to understand the true extent of their respective statutory duties and powers. Perhaps more importantly for the purposes of this article, it strives to ascertain where the ESB’s statutory functions and powers end and those of EirGrid begin, as it argues that EirGrid’s functions and powers (including the right to unilaterally enter onto private property) cannot commence until the ESB has discharged its specific functions and handed over operational control of the project in question.

You can see the article at my page at

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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5 Responses to The Statutory Functions and Powers of EirGrid

  1. Well done Neil! It is great that this has been published.

    • Neil van Dokkum says:

      Thanks Maria. I think it is important to publish in academic journals as it means our struggle reaches a whole new audience, as well as providing some ideas to people fighting legal battles with EirGrid.

  2. Congratulations and well done Neil…the truth will out eventually. Great stuff.

  3. Niamh Quinlan says:

    Go you !!!

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