Mediators' Institute of Ireland (MII) Welcomes Announcement that the Mediation Bill Will Be Published This Autumn

The Mediation Bill is included in the Government’s Legislative Programme as Priority Legislation for Publication in this Dáil session

Wednesday, 28th September 2016: “I welcome the announcement that the long awaited Mediation Bill has been included in the Legislative Programme as Priority Legislation for publication during this Dáil term,” stated President of the MII Sabine Walsh, “The timing of this announcement is a great fillip for mediation in Ireland and comes just ahead of Mediation Awareness Week October 10th to 15th.”  Ms Walsh was commenting on yesterday’s publication of the second Government Legislative Programme for the 32nd Dáil.*

“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 civil and commercial disputes from our courts and save billions in the process,” said Ms. Walsh.  She added, “There appears to be widespread political support in the Oireachtas for the Bill and the MII now looks forward to working with the government and opposition parties to fine tune the Bill and expedite it as efficiently as possible through both houses of the Oireachtas.”

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* Please follow this link to download the Legislation Programme http://www.merrionstreet.ie/MerrionStreet/en/ImageLibrary/20160927_Legislation_Programme_Autumn_Session_2016.pdf

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 http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/MedBillGSFinal.pdf/Files/MedBillGSFinal.pdf

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 information see www.themii.ie or contact Stiofán Nutty at +353 87 6175488

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