Enough Already!!!



A certain individual has been going around my community spreading particularly malicious rumours about me. For a while it was a pathetic joke, but it has to stop now.


One of the malicious lies being spread by this individual is that I have been behind a number of personal attacks on the Facebook page of Comeragh Against Pylons. I resigned as the CAP page administrator in October 2015 and anyone who says otherwise is a liar. The fact that this individual was present at the meeting at which I resigned, and that he was present when another committee member was appointed to replace me, is a puzzle to me. The CAP page very kindly publishes my blog when I submit it to them, but apart from that, I have been concentrating my energies elsewhere, fighting the wind industry and their cronies.


One of the things I have been involved with is supporting Declan McGrath in his application to An Bord Pleanala to stop the continued construction of the illegal road that has destroyed an ancient bog in the Mahon Falls valley . Many of you know Declan and his wonderful books on the Comeraghs. He knows more about our area than anybody else I know, and his love for the beauty of our country is infectious. In addition to helping Declan, I have always been suspicious that the road was put in to permit heavy vehicles to access the privately-owned hydro-electric plant, but that is a personal opinion only, and so far I have not been able to uncover any proof to link the two. If anybody has any information on that, I would love to hear from you.

In any event, the destruction of the ancient bog and many of the beautiful trees that once grew there angered me so much that I made an FOI request for all the documentation between the Comeragh Community Development Group and the Waterford County Council regarding the use of public money to finance this illegal development (it is illegal as the area is a Special Area of Conservation that requires planning permission and a comprehensive EIS, none of which exist). That documentation makes very interesting reading indeed, with the same names appearing again and again. If anybody wants a copy of those public documents, feel free to contact me.


The names of these same individuals have again appeared in my investigation of the proposed community wind farm by BSB, and I do not think that it is a coincidence that the frequency of the personal attacks on me and my family have increased dramatically since I published my blog on the proposed community wind farm that intends putting turbines in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


I was a solicitor for five years, and a barrister for ten years, where I tried to do as much good for people that I could manage, and my ex-clients will vouch for that. Despite this individual calling me “a blow-in who should go back to South Africa”, I have now lived in this country for almost fifteen years and have worked as a lecturer at WIT where I do the best for the students that I teach. My reputation is therefore not only important to me, but to all the people that rely on me. I have also made many good friends in a community that I love and I intend to live out my years right here.


It is for that reason that I am sending a message out to those who would seek to blacken my name: “Enough already!”

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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9 Responses to Enough Already!!!

  1. Corc Glas says:

    So sad to see that old-fashioned anonymous begrudgery and innuendo remains alive and thriving. Particularly since, far from being a detached blow-in, Neil has tirelessly put in countless hours of voluntary effort to bring important issues on the ground to all of our attention; issues on which we would otherwise remain ignorant.
    The conservation of the beautiful and irreplaceable hinterland of the Comeraghs should be paramount in all our thoughts. Those faceless persons wishing to discredit him are simply puppets playing into the hands of the masters pulling their strings, to the detriment of the environment and the community.
    I add my voice to Neil’s when he says, “Enough!”

  2. Daryl-Ann Fleetwood says:

    I will also add my “Enough already” – Neil is my brother and I am so proud of him and what he does for his community – he is a man of great integrity – a heart of gold – incredible morals – a family man of note and a wonderful husband to Fiona. Only cowards blacken someone’s name without coming forward in person. I love you my brother

  3. Niamh says:

    Disgusted to read what you are having to encounter at the moment. Keep up your good & amazing work Neil. You are no blow in. You have contributed more in your 15 years than others have in a lifetime within this county. Your genuine love of this county, expertise & knowledge of the legal system and the hours of your time that you so generously give is very much appreciated. One final word “karma”. Please keep up your amazing work and support.

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  5. Ronan Browne says:

    Well done Neil – you know this means that you are getting under their skins.
    They want you gone and you’re not – YAY…!!!
    Keep annoying them, chipping away at their mistruths and skewed ‘reports’!!
    What we need in this country are less Irish and more noble people like you.
    Less Irish back-stabbers, with their grubby nail-bitten mits in the collective till…
    Less Irish granny-selling leprechauns !!
    Do-de-dum-dum-dum 🙂

  6. Neil van Dokkum says:

    Ronan, the good people far outnumber the bad people, which is why I love living here. I even shout for the Irish rugby team when they play the Springboks!

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