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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.

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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Hateful Eight: 8 Solid Reasons Why Subsidised Wind Power is Both Pointless & Harmful to Health & Wealth

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
If wind power was a horse, its owner would have shot it long ago. Instead, cheered on by ideological zealots and endlessly pumped up with performance enhancing subsidies it continues to lumber on regardless.…

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Debunking the 100% Renewables Fantasy: Running on Sunshine & Breezes – Pure Nonsense

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
? In the heavy metal mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap, the band’s himbo front man, Nigel Tufnel struggles with almost everything, including bringing his grating, 8 minute guitar solos to an end. For Nigel,…

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Bring on the Super Sub!

In this era of professional sport, who you have on the bench is as important as who you have in the starting line-up of your team. Coaches have to think long and hard about who will be seated on the … Continue reading

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Wind Turbine Noise & Vibration Causing Harm to Humans & Animals Alike

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
For those unfortunates forced to live with incessant turbine generated low-frequency noise and infrasound, the cause of the sleep deprivation they suffer is no mystery. Moreover, a menagerie of domestic and wild animals stuck…

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Shock Horror! Poll Shows Tourists Hate Wind Turbines: Scotland’s Highlands Shunned

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:
A decade or so ago, the wind industry used to include claims about the tourism potential of their proposed wind farm in their planning documents. For some reason, that pitch has been quietly removed…

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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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