The Spokes of the Wheel


The Spokes Of The Wheel‘ is an exciting new film project that explores proposed renewable energy plans in Ireland, as our country strives to reach its 2020 target, of 40 per cent electricity generated from renewable sources.


The film exposes the proposed plans to expand large scale wind generation in Ireland, with details of the enormity and proliferation of industrial wind farms in all parts of this beautiful country should these plans go ahead.


You might remember that glorious film “Windfall”, which documented the devastating effect of a wind farm on a small previously closely-knit rural community. Despite being filmed in the rural community of Meredith, Delaware County, New York; viewers all over the world recognised or learnt about the underhand tactics of the wind industry, which appear to be the same the world over, with the only difference seemingly being the strength of their ties with organised crime.  In Ireland, the strong ties between the wind industry and one particularly despised individual, who has caused so much human misery he may as well be organised crime, confirms the universality of the misery caused by the wind industry.


It is for this reason that I am asking the thousand or so regular readers of this blog in more than twenty countries for your help. If we each contributed 20 euro/dollars/pounds to this worthy undertaking we will make a significant contribution to Alan’s most worthy project. Of course if you want to contribute more than that, go for it! You will receive a free copy of the film which you can show in your community and help spread the word in combatting Big Wind.

‘The Spokes Of The Wheel’ Director, Alan O’Callaghan, has a broad professional background in the film and television industry, with experience working for BBC Broadcast on multiple productions and running his own production company based in Ireland.

The shoe-string budget of this documentary is made possible with most of the time required being volunteered by industry professionals along with equipment and other resources.

Film making is a costly business, especially when it comes to obtaining rights to archive footage and music.


With your support we can help Alan make this non-profit documentary and create mass awareness of the issues we are facing from an industry that seems hell-bent on destroying our environment and the communities within.


Scheduled completion of this project is 6 months from successful funding.

Upon completion ‘The Spokes Of The Wheel’ will be released to the public at no charge.

Please support this campaign by following this link   Where you can pre-order a direct copy of ‘The Spokes Of The Wheel’.

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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2 Responses to The Spokes of the Wheel

  1. Tom Bruton says:

    Apologies, just to correct a common error above:
    “our country strives to reach its 2020 target, of 40 per cent ELECTRICITY generated from renewable sources”.
    The national target is in fact just 16% renewable energy by 2020, including our very significant requirements for transport and heat.

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