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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 practice in 2002 to take up a full-time 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). He is an accredited and practising mediator and is busy writing a book, with Dr Sinead Conneely, on Mediation in Ireland. His current interest is Ireland’s energy policy and its impact on the people and the environment. He is also researching the area of disability as a politico-economic construct. Neil is very happily married to Fiona, and they have two sons, Rory and Ian.

German Study Proves Its Combined Wind & Solar Capacity Must be 100% Backed by Coal/Gas/Nuclear 100% of the Time

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
Coal-fired plant, Westfalen: where Germany’s power really comes from. ? Amongst wind and sun worshippers, Germany is held in a kind of reverent awe. However, like everything held dear by the renewables cult, the…

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Wind Turbine Noise

  A Seminar on ‘Wind Turbine Noise’ . will be held on Friday, 30th June in The Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly, at 7.30 pm . See also: https://phys.org/news/2014-06-blizzard-turbine-airflow-video.html . PROGRAMME How Wind Turbines Create Infrasound Dr John Yelland … Continue reading

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Rust never sleeps … and neither does greed

  This is an excellent article by retired Senator John Whelan from Laois. It was first published on 2nd June 2017 in Laoistoday.ie. The emphases are mine.     The king is gone But he’s not forgotten This is the … Continue reading

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Energy bills to jump as plans unveiled for ‘massive’ hike in levy

This from the Independent:   “Householders and businesses are facing higher electricity costs after the regulator for the sector proposed a massive hike in a levy on bills. The Commission for Energy Regulation has proposed that the public service obligation … Continue reading

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Start Preparing Your Submissions

” “Ref: MS-2017 11 – please quote this reference on all correspondence  Dear Deputy, I refer to your email received 21 April 2017 in relation to the new RESS scheme and financial support. My Department is currently developing a proposed … Continue reading

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Going, going, gone (with the wind).

The excellent blog produced by Owen Martin makes a very valid point: even if you don’t give a damn about the environment, you do care what is being pinched out of your pocket to keep the Great Wind Swindle alive. … Continue reading

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Your Home is Your Castle

  A person needs to feel safe and secure, and happy, in their own home.   If a society cannot guarantee its citizens a peaceful and secure place to stay, that society will very quickly become dysfunctional. Citizens will react … Continue reading

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Lies, lies and more lies.

  This is a very interesting and useful piece, explaining infrasound from wind turbines in language we can all understand. Courtesy of Stop These Things! Vermonters Vent Fury at the Wind Industry’s Constant Stream of Lies May 10, 2017 by stopthesethings … Continue reading

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Top Sleep Specialist Slams ‘Nocebo’ Nonsense: Wind Turbine Noise Obvious Cause of Sleep Deprivation

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
Dr Wayne Spring is a sleep specialist with a lifetime’s experience of dealing with those suffering from sleep deprivation from all manner of causes. Recently, Dr Spring went into print, slamming those from the…

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Bill Bailey. He’s Unbelievable!

The Irish nation were privileged to meet Bill Bailey on Prime Time. He was erroneously introduced as a “medical doctor” but neither he, nor his erstwhile collaborator, Fintan Slye of EirGrid, bothered to correct the mistake. Dr Bill thereafter went … Continue reading

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Undeniable Proof: Wind Turbine Noise Causes Serious Adverse Health Effects

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
A couple of years back, STT produced a timeline which highlighted how the wind industry and its pet acoustic consultants managed to set up ‘rules’ which have no relevance to the noise impacts experienced…

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Suing Windfarms for Nuisance

Once again the Aussies take the lead. This is a DIY kit on how to sue windfarms in Aussie, including examples of Particulars of Claim. Clearly these must be changed to reflect Irish law and practice, but it is a … Continue reading

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So you say you wanna Revolution?

“You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world   …   You say you’ll change the … Continue reading

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Cans can bounce (back)

There have been a number of interesting comments on Nigel’s blog of last week, “Kicking Cans”. One of those was a link to a German article by a medical doctor on important new research regarding the dangers of infrasound emitted … Continue reading

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Kicking Cans?

I have had too much on the go to be able to do another blog, so I am very happy to welcome an experienced wind warrior and ethical activist, Nigel de Haas, to tell us about his correspondence with the … Continue reading

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Minister concedes to setback and zoning for wind farms in Donegal

Originally posted on Concerned About Wind Turbines – Donegal:
In the end Minister Coveney skulked out of the legal hearings which would have tested his powers under section 31 of the Planning and Development Act to overturn the democratically passed…

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Wind energy is not the answer to Ireland’s emission problem

A beautifully written piece, compelling in its logic and fundamental common sense, by Paula Byrne, who is the spokesperson for Wind Aware Ireland. (Image and text courtesy of the Irish Times) “Claims by the the Government and the Sustainable Energy … Continue reading

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The Hidden Human Tragedy Caused by Incessant Wind Turbine Noise

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
Helen Schwiesow Parker, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Past Clinical Supervisory Faculty member at the University of Virginia Medical School.  Her career includes practical experience in the fields of autism, sensory perception,…

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Have Your Say! Revision of Wind Energy Development Guidelines 2006

That excellent web site Concerned About Wind Turbines – Donegal  (CAWT) has put important and previously cunningly concealed information into the public domain by an AIE request to our old friends, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Despite … Continue reading

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It’s official – wind farms are a damned Nuisance

    The tort of Nuisance – basic principles The law of (private) nuisance has been around for a long time but it has always been a poor neighbour to the more commonly litigated torts of negligence and trespass. In … Continue reading

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