Open letter to IWEA (and Messrs White and Coffey)

See further comment by Francis Clauson regarding developments over the weekend.

The Law is my Oyster


The practice of lobbying government Ministers and other influential members of a ruling party is regarded by many as an integral part of our process of democracy.

Those in favour would argue that politicians should look to be educated in specialist areas, and who better to educate them than those in the business? Their staff should prepare comprehensive briefings based on that research. The idealists would argue that they should look to non-politically affiliated experts where those are available.

Similarly, there is the argument that politicians should be elected based on their policy positions. Citizens should be aware of what their government is working on and should communicate their positions on these issues to their elected representatives. Citizens should receive the kind of education and free flow of information that allow them to effectively argue their interests in our democracy.

In theory these arguments sound perfectly logical…

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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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2 Responses to Open letter to IWEA (and Messrs White and Coffey)

  1. Pat OBrien says:

    The majority of the Irish political establishment are immoral and have the morals of sewer rats !!

    On 8 February 2016 at 08:33, The Law is my Oyster wrote:

    > Neil van Dokkum posted: “See further comment by Francis Clauson regarding > developments over the weekend.” >

    • Neil van Dokkum says:

      I think that is a bit unfair Pat. Research indicates that sewer rats have a pronounced value system and rats who stray from the straight and narrow are immediately and harshly punished.

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