Mediators Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the MII and the Enactment of the Mediation Bill

Mediators Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the MII and the Enactment of the Mediation Bill


Mediators’ Institute of Ireland annual conference takes place by the Shannon in Athlone


Friday, 13th October 2017: “We are in celebratory mode today, 25 years of the MII and at last we have a Mediation Act,” stated President of the MII Sabine Walsh. “The signing of the Mediation Bill by President Higgins last week has come at a great time to help transform the dispute resolution culture In Ireland. The Act will promote mediation as a viable, effective and efficient adjunct to court proceedings and should divert many family, civil, commercial and community disputes from our courts.

“The MII has been working tirelessly since its foundation 25 years ago to promote the use of and the professional practise of mediation. The enactment of the Mediation Bill provides a State endorsement for the practise of mediation. This in turn raises the status of mediation as an effective dispute resolution process and I expect we will see a significant rise in the demand for mediation among the Irish people,” said Ms Walsh, who was addressing over 170 delegates at the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland’s (MII) annual conference which takes place today in the Radisson Blue Hotel, Athlone.

“It was great this morning to have had contributions from all the past presidents of MII, Geoffrey Corry, Karen Erwin, Polly Phillimore and Gerry Rooney, and with the election of our next President Elect Margaret Considine, I know the Institute will be in great hands for the first few years of our next 25 years.

Internationally renowned Professor Bernie Mayer will present on “Conflict Engagement in a Polarized World”. Bernie will discuss his experiences with the despair many in the US feel and reflect on what people need to talk across differences and how we can help them do this. David Donoghue, Ireland’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations will address the 25th MII annual dinner.


MII Annual Conference

Details of the MII Annual Conference and the Key Speakers who will be addressing the issues raised by international conflict can be found here Conference Itinerary


Mediation Act 2017

Please follow this link to a copy of the Act

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