Mediators' Institute of Ireland (MII) Welcomes Tánaiste's Announcement of Her Intention to Publish Mediation Bill

Mediators' Institute of Ireland (MII) Welcomes Tánaiste's Announcement of Her Intention to Publish Mediation Bill

The Tánaiste was responding to an oral PQ posed by Deputy Josepha Madigan 

Wednesday, 13th July 2016: “I welcome the announcement by the Tánaiste and Minister of Justice, yesterday in the Dáil, that she intends to publish the long awaited Mediation Bill in the autumn,” stated President of the MII Sabine Walsh,  who was commenting on the Tánaiste’s response to an oral PG posed by Deputy Josepha Madigan in the Dáil yesterday.*
“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 Sabine Walsh, President of The MII.  She added, “There appears to be widespread political support in the Oireachtas for the Bill and there is now a great opportunity for this Dáil to demonstrate its effectiveness by enacting the Mediation Bill as soon as possible.”
* Please follow this link for details of the oral PQ posed to the Tánaiste by Deputy Josepha Madigan and for the Tánaiste’s response

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 information see or contact Stiofán Nutty at +353 87 6175488

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