Mediators Developing Strategies To Meet the Challenges Posed By Brexit & Escalating Conflicts

Mediators’ Institute of Ireland annual conference takes place in the border county of Louth

Friday, 14th October 2016: “In the past year, the world has become a more contentious place with xenophobia and nationalism on the rise. In Ireland industrial relations have deteriorated and the challenges posed by Brexit will lead to more conflict,” stated President of the MII Sabine Walsh. “Traditional approaches to dealing these new and emerging challenges are not working. As mediators we are striving to change the yes/no, right/wrong and in/out thinking that has been a feature of both Brexit and the current US election. Mediation provides an alternative and effective approach. We need to change the dispute resolution culture and this weekend we will be setting out to do just that, ” said Ms Walsh, who was addressing over 150 delegates at the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland’s (MII) annual conference which takes place today in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.

“The announcement that the long awaited Mediation Bill will be published during this Dáil term has come at a great time to help transform the dispute resolution culture In Ireland,” stated Ms Walsh, “This legislation will promote mediation as a viable, effective and efficient adjunct to court proceedings and the enactment of the Bill has the potential to divert many family, civil and commercial disputes from our courts. We also need to apply our mediation skills to help resolve the challenges posed by Brexit and other emerging conflicts.”

Internationally renowned Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow will present on “Mediating in a World of Serious Conflicts”. Conflict resolution expert Ashok Panikkar will speak on the theme of Brexit and its implications for the field of Conflict Resolution”
MII Annual Conference
Details of the MII Annual Conference and the Key Speakers who will be addressing the issues raised by Brexit and international conflict can be found here
Draft Mediation Bill 2012
Please follow this link to a copy of the draft version of the Bill which can also be found on the website of the Department of Justice
The previous Programme for Government called for the encouragement and facilitation of mediation to resolve civil disputes.  The programme stated that mediation would deliver significant cost and time savings for businesses and the State, and the MII has demonstrated significant savings can be made through mediation. The MII estimates that legal costs in relation to civil cases in 2011 are estimated to have been €1.17 billion – a huge figure considering our current financial situation.  This figure is calculated from figures contained in the 2011 Court’s Services Annual Report.  The formula takes costs claimed by the winning party, multiplies this by two to get the costs for both sides of the case and then takes account of the fact that 90 per cent of civil cases are settled before Court.  The MII has estimated that litigation costs relating to civil cases in 2010 was €1.3 billion and in 2009 it was €1.2 billion.
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:            Unit 2.1, The Distillers Building, Smithfield, Dublin 7, 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.
For further informationseewww.themii.ieor contact Stiofán Nutty at+353 87 6175488

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