Family Mediation (Separating Couples) to be recognised by all Island Awards programme

The Awards are an opportunity for individuals and organisations to achieve recognition for commitment to best practice in Family Mediation (Separating Couples), according to The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (the MII)

Tuesday, 28th July 2015: 

In response to increasing interest in and use of Family Mediation (Separating Couples), the MII will present a number of Family Mediation Awards to individuals and organisations that highlight best practice in mediation at its conference in October this year.  The awards are the first time that excellence in this important area of mediation will be recognised in Ireland.

Speaking about the Awards programme, President of The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland, Gerry Rooney, said, “Resolving family issues involving children, separation and divorce can not only be costly but are complex and emotionally challenging too. Individuals and organisations who practise certified professional mediation, in this area, are providing a much needed service that is not only a more cost effective alternative to sorting out such matters in court but potentially delivers much better resolutions than could be achieved solely through an adversarial legal process. Certified MII mediators in this sector are highly trained to work with the families involved and the legal service to deliver the best possible outcomes for those affected. This is why increasingly more people are choosing mediation to resolve matters involving separation. We in the MII think it’s important to recognise the progress and showcase best practice in this sector and to underline the achievements in Family Mediation.”

In light of the increasing use and scope of mediation, the MII invites individuals and organisations to showcase how they have promoted, developed and delivered family mediation. This is a great opportunity for those who have made a positive impact on the use of Family Mediation (Separating Couples) to achieve public recognition for their achievement.

The calibre of Judges for the MII’s Family Mediation (Separating Couples) Awards reflects the quality and importance of this initiative. They include, Judge Rosemary HorganPresident of the District CourtDr. Niall Muldoon Ombudsman for Children,Ms. Pauline Leeson CBEChief Executive of Children in Northern IrelandMs. Carol CoulterDirector Child Care Law Reporting Project, and JournalistMs. Karen Erwin,Former President, MIIMr. Gerry RooneyPresident of the MII (Chair of the Panel) and Mr. Denis BlanchRegistrar, The MII. The MII wishes to thank the Judges for their valued contribution to the selection process.


Submission Process

Full details and rules for entry are available on the Entry Form which is available to download at
Entries can be posted to 2015 MII Family  Mediation (Separating Couples) Awards, The MII, Pavilion House 31 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2 or emailed  to  up to the closing date of  5pm on Monday, 28th September 2015. 

The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland, 31 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. 
t: +353 1 609 9190;

About The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland
The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland is the professional association for Mediators in Ireland. It is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the use of quality mediation by ensuring the highest standards of education, training, professional practice and regulation. 
The Mediators' Institute of Ireland is a company limited by guarantee and registered in Dublin, Ireland.
Its registration number is 418250.
Registered Office: 31/32 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, Ireland. Registered Charity CHY16996.

About Mediation
Mediation is a voluntary process of conflict prevention and resolution that allows the parties an opportunity to address their issues in a confidential, private, and safe environment.  Mediators are trained in conflict resolution skills and techniques and have the expertise needed to give people the best possible opportunity to resolve their disputes.
Mediation is effective:

  • In single-issue and multi-issue disputes
  • In two-people and multi-party conflicts
  • In developing innovative and sustainable solutions when parties are willing but stuck
  • As a preventative intervention early in a conflict
  • As an alternative to avoid further costly public litigation

The mediation process improves communication, narrows outstanding issues, defuses emotions and defines areas of agreement.  Statistics show a success rate for mediation averaging 80 per cent.
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