Major Players in the Industrial Relations Field Discuss Report Findings


Mediation Awareness Week 10th to 15th October Opens with Launch of Workplace Mediation Report


Monday, 10th October 2016: “Mediation Awareness Week kicks off today in Ireland, the UK and many other countries around the world. An enormous range of activities are being held to draw the attention of members of the public to mediation and its potential for resolving disputes,” stated President of the MII Sabine Walsh, “This report, commissioned by the MII and carried out under the auspices of the Edward M Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at the National University Maynooth makes concrete recommendations in relation to training, standards and practice for workplace mediation and identifies areas for further research. Not only is the report interesting and hugely valuable, but the energy and enthusiasm of those involved in preparing it is enough to inspire any mediation-sceptic to read it.” Ms Walsh was addressing the launch event, which then debated the contents of the report.*

The launch featured a panel of experts who debated trends and developments in this area. The panel included Prof. Bill Roche, University College Dublin; Loughlin Quinn, Director, Construction Contracts Adjudication Service & Civil and Public Service Mediation Service; Mary Connaughton, Director, CIPD Ireland; Anna Perry, Workplace Relations Commission; Larry Broderick, IBOA; Maeve McElwee, Director of Employer Relations, IBEC; and Karen Erwin, President of the MII, 2005-2012. Peter Cassells, Executive Director, the Kennedy Institute, Sabine Walsh, the MII President and Kieran Mulvey, former Director General of the Workplace Relations Commission, facilitated the proceedings.


* Please follow these link to download a copy of the report


Mediation Awareness Week

Mediation Awareness Week opens on Monday 10th October. Over 30 events will take place throughout Ireland

The week highlights the benefits of mediation and the opportunity it offers to resolve conflict right across our society. During this week, mediators from community groups, professional bodies, educational establishments, public bodies and family interest groups will give their time voluntarily to help the Irish public understand what mediation is and the important role it can play in resolving disputes between individuals, businesses and community organisations.


Report - Bridging the Research / Practice Divide in Workplace Mediation

A research team from the Kennedy Institute Workplace Mediation Research Group, led by Dr Deirdre Curran, J. E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUIG completed this research project, commissioned by the Mediators Institute of Ireland (MII), identifying the skills, competencies and behaviours of workplace mediators and the implications of this for the development of this for workplace mediation in Ireland. The preliminary findings from this project were well received at the NW Dispute Resolution Conference in Washington University in March this year and at the World Mediation Summit in Madrid in June. The project outcomes, in the form of twin reports – Shaping the Agenda Part 1 and Part 2 – were launched today at a joint MII/Kennedy Institute inaugural event for Mediation Awareness Week, on October 10. 


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.

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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.

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