Author Archives: Neil van Dokkum

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.

Does the GDPR protect the citizen?

  The GDPR – Data Subject Rights   The General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) will come into effect on 25 May 2018. As previously mentioned, the GDPR will be directly effective in each EU member state, with the aim … Continue reading

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Who’s Afraid of the GDPR?

The GDPR – how will it affect us? I have been inundated with questions about the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). My default excuse of “I haven’t had time to look at it yet” was wearing a bit thin, … Continue reading

Posted in Apple; Google; Data Centre, Cloud; iCloud; Data Centre; Data Center, Freedom of Information; Access to Environmental Information; AIE; Commissioner for Environmental Information, lobbying; democracy; political process; general election, NREAP; National Renewable Energy Action Plan; EU Commission; Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee; ACCC, Press Freedom, Profiling; Data Collection; Information Algorithm. | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

More Lies

  No matter where they are in the world, the wind industry try to sell us the same porky pies. And their paid politicians are only to happy to take their money. via Wind Industry Claims that ‘Coal is Dead’- … Continue reading

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The End of the Road – for the CCDG

As readers of this blog are well aware, I have for a while now followed the longstanding dispute between the two Declans – Declan McGrath, well-known author and conservationist, and Declan Mulhearne, the Chairperson of the Comeragh Community Development Group … Continue reading

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Scandal! EirGrid in the Crosshairs.

  Ratheniska residents are claiming that they have exposed Eirgrid’s litany of failures and systematic corporate sharp practice.  The Ratheniska, Timahoe, Spink (RTS) Action Group, when briefing Minister Denis Naughten, made a number of extremely serious allegations, which they backed … Continue reading

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‘Windfarm has ruined my family’s life’

  Yet another distressed family has come forward to describe how a wind farm in Co. Wicklow has ‘ruined’ their lives.   Richard Hobson and his partner have two special needs children who are sensitive to noise and light. The family … Continue reading

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Lots of hot air, but still no cost-benefit analysis

Wind Aware Ireland Press Release Minister Naughten has been accused of talking  ‘gobbledygook’ on wind energy by a top economist. Minister Naughten’s take on wind energy in Ireland has been described as “gobbledygook verging on baby talk.” by top economist … Continue reading

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

An interesting commentary from Pat Swords on the North-South Interconnector: “Some thoughts and facts about the Ireland of today with further confirmation that we don’t live in anything that even remotely approaches a Democracy. Still one gives it a ‘poke’ … Continue reading

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A Solar Roof?

I found this on Bloomberg.   I would be interested to read peoples’ comments.     “Tesla Inc. has kicked off production of its long-awaited electricity-producing shingles that Elon Musk says will transform the rooftop solar industry. Manufacturing of the … Continue reading

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Corporate Energy Control is the big problem

If each household was an energy neutral entity, would that not be far more desirable than ramping up the grid and building massive wind farms all over the country? It seems logical, but of course that would mean an end … Continue reading

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Germany’s ‘Green’ Energy Myth Busted: Landscapes Trashed, Countless Birds & Bats Slaughtered

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
Wind and sun worshipping eco-zealots don’t hold a monopoly on hypocrisy, but come very close. As nasty as they are sanctimonious, the more active and vociferous members of the wind cult have no difficulty…

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Autism: how do you explain …

Originally posted on From the Inside:
Today I came across some notes I had written a couple of years ago, when Ian was due to spend two weeks with some people who didn’t know him.  Perhaps this would be a…

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Unjustified spending and rampant price increases in costs of electricity

Originally posted on The Law is my Oyster:
? Wind Aware Ireland have launched their new report “The Costs of Wind Energy in Ireland”. This report may precipitate the latest scandal in public spending. REPORT: The Costs of Wind Energy in…

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Unjustified spending and rampant price increases in costs of electricity

  Wind Aware Ireland have launched their new report “The Costs of Wind Energy in Ireland”. This report may precipitate the latest scandal in public spending. REPORT: The Costs of Wind Energy in Ireland The report shows that the Irish State … Continue reading

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Think, dammit, THINK!

  “If we are uncritical, we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations; and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories.” (Karl Popper) in this … Continue reading

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Ireland faces data centre challenge to power demand

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT:
By Paul Homewood ? ? h/t Tallbloke ? ? ? ? Data centres will consume 20 per cent of Ireland’s power generation capacity by 2025, according to the country’s main…

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Access to Justice?

The Aarhus Compliance Committee has interpreted Article 9 (3) of the Convention to mean that the public must have access to adequate judicial mechanisms in the event of acts and omissions in contravention of environmental law and, secondly, to provide … Continue reading

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Infrasound and other things that go bump in the night

  The Scottish organisation “Winds of Change” held an excellent seminar on infrasound. Details can be found by clicking on this link:   http://www.windsofjustice.org.uk/2017/09/wind-turbine-noise-seminar-review-and-up-date/  

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Wake in Fright: Wind Turbine Infrasound Causes Panic, Fear & Nightmares

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
The evidence proving the unnecessary damage done to wind farm neighbours by the noise generated by giant industrial wind turbines is mounting by the day: Germany’s Max Planck Institute has identified sub-audible infrasound as…

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Windfarms affect children

Originally posted on World Council for Nature:
NOISE: a startling case of two schools in proximity to wind turbines By: anonymous teacher (fearing for his/her job) In an effort to assist a society in danger, I feel obligated to make…

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