Press Release: Workplace Mediation to be recognised by all Island Awards programme for the first time

The Awards are an opportunity for organisations to achieve recognition for commitment to best practice mediation, according to The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (the MII)

25th July 2013.  In response to increasing interest in and use of workplace mediation, the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (the MII) will present a number of Workplace Mediation Awards to organisations that highlight leading practice in mediation at its annual conference in November this year.  The awards are the first of their kind in Ireland.

Speaking about the Awards programme, President of The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland, Gerry Rooney, said, “Mediation has for a long time been a very effective dispute resolution tool. It saves people and organisations money and resolves disputes in an amicable way that allows for the preservation of relationships.  These are the main reasons why people choose it. I think it’s important to recognise progress and to showcase best practice in every industry and as the professional association for Mediators’ on the Island of Ireland we thought it was time to underline the achievements in workplace mediation.”

The MII is inviting organisations, large and small, to showcase how they have promoted and developed workplace mediation. This is the first opportunity for organisations to achieve public recognition for their commitment to mediation as a key element in their conflict management processes.  There are six categories:

•         Micro (10 employees or less) and small enterprises (11-100)

•         SMEs (101-250 employees)

•         Large indigenous companies (over 250 employees)

•         Public Sector Organisations (no specification re number of employees)

•         NGO/Community 

•         Voluntary sector (no specification re number of employees)

Entering is not an onerous task; all that is required for organisations to fill out the Entry Form online ( by answering 6 questions and submit this response along with any supporting documentation. Entries may also be submitted in hard copy. The closing date is 5pm Monday September 30th, 2013, but we would urge organisations to apply as soon as possible. 

The calibre of Judges for the MII’s Workplace Mediation Awards reflects the quality and importance of this initiative. They include, Peter Cassells, Executive Director, Edward M Kennedy Institute,  Carol Fawsitt, Employment Lawyer, Hayes Solicitors, Kevin Foley, Director of Conciliation Services, Labour Relations Commission, Tom Frawley, Ombudsman, Northern Ireland and Michael McDonnell, Managing Director, CIPD Ireland will join Denis Blanch,  MII Registrar and Helen Harnett, MII Workplace Liaison to judge the competition. 

The MII greatly appreciates the support of Industrial Relations News with this important workplace initiative.