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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). 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.

A time for Family

As we enter this festive season of which the primary focus should be family, I paused to consider the destructive impact that renewable energy legislation has had on so many families in this country, particularly those families living in the … Continue reading

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How Authorisation Procedures for Wind Farms are Illegally Discriminating Against Other Sources of Renewable Energy

An interesting article from Pat Swords:     1.1   Background There is now in 2019 approximately 3,700 MW of wind energy installed in the Republic of Ireland with an additional 1,300 MW installed in N. Ireland. As can be … Continue reading

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The attack on Human Rights in Turkey

Our friends in Turkey continue to try and protect their homes and heritage sites from a rampant wind industry supported by a ruthless government and some highly questionable court decisions. Despite these obstacles, the community continues to pursue what many … Continue reading

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QED

Renewables Threaten German Economy & Energy Supply, McKinsey Warns In New Report Michael Shellenberger  Energy I write about energy and the environment. To stabilize the electricity grid and avoid becoming too dependent on imported natural gas, Germany is expanding coal … Continue reading

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Ireland in trouble with Aarhus – again

Many thanks to Wind Aware Ireland for this very informative update: Updates. 30th August, 2019 A panel of legal experts has found that Irish planning law is non-compliant with requirements under an international convention to allow the public to participate … Continue reading

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What! More wind turbines? Are you serious?

It is now widely recognised that wind turbines are inefficient, costly, environmentally unfriendly, and harmful to humans and other animals. For those who do not particularly care about these things, but are concerned about their personal finances, they are also … Continue reading

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Autism : A colourful history

This gallery contains 7 photos.

Originally posted on From the Inside:
This morning, I found a handful of photographs of our Ian from many years ago.  I was looking for something completely different, of course.  That is the way of my life.  The minute I…

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The final stages of capitalism

In Das Kapital, (my translation) Marx describes the final stages of capitalism, literally along the lines of ‘capitalism will eat itself’:   “The final stages of capitalism will be marked by global capital being unable to expand and generate profits … Continue reading

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Plain English please!

“It is important to remember why our statutes should be framed in such a way as to be clearly comprehensible to those affected by them. It is an aspect of the Rule of Law. People who live under the Rule … Continue reading

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Hate Speech

  What is hate speech? Hate speech, as defined by the No Hate Speech Movement Ireland, covers all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or attempt to justify any form of hatred, stereotyping or discrimination based on intolerance. This … Continue reading

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Reasons, and the reasons for giving Reasons.

This is a case report on the Supreme Court judgment of: Kathleen Connelly v. An Bord Pleanala (Clare County Council and McMahon Finn Wind Acquisitions Ltd – Notice Parties) Full judgment here: Kathleen Connolly v ABP Supreme Court . The Parties … Continue reading

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Gratitude.

Originally posted on thegreenerdream:
It is the eve of our open garden weekend and there are still lots of things to tend to. There are floors to sweep, furniture to move, the café area to organize further and many other…

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The Courts of Ireland – take 2

Many thanks indeed for the loads of helpful comments and suggestions to the first draft of a chapter I am writing which seeks to introduce the Irish legal system to people who know little or nothing about Irish law. I … Continue reading

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Communities under threat

  This is the Press Release from WindAware Ireland concerning the critical situation in which the people of Ratheniska, County Laois, find themselves. Wind Aware Ireland Press Release One Small Laois Community to Blockade A Big Energy Company A small … Continue reading

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How do our courts work?

  The volume of work at my place of employment has caused me to neglect this blog, for which I apologise. Rather  than simply stopping  blogging, I thought I might combine work and blogging. The piece below is a very … Continue reading

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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

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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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