Mediation Fast Becoming the Preferred Option for Solving Disputes


Minister Josepha Madigan opens Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) annual conference in Kilkenny

Friday, 11th October 2019: “2019 has provided many examples of the growth in usage of mediation in Ireland and across the world. The UN ratified a new convention on mediation to make it easier to settle cross-border commercial disputes, Ryanair sought mediation to help solve disputes with its pilots and the number of mediations conducted through the WRC and the Financial Services Ombudsman increased significantly,” stated President of the MII Margaret Considine “We are delighted that Minister Madigan an experienced qualified mediator is opening our conference this morning. The 2017 Mediation Act has provided state recognition of mediation as an effective and successful process for resolving disputes in a wide variety of contexts and mediation is fast becoming the preferred option for solving disputes”

“As the use of mediation increases and the range of areas where it is used grows, the MII, as the largest professional association representing mediators in Ireland will continue to work hard to promote the use of quality mediation by ensuring the highest standards of professional practice and regulation of our members. Most importantly, the MII strives to ensure that members of the public can have full trust and have upmost confidence that all MII accredited mediators will provide them with a professional and high-quality mediation service, at a vulnerable and stressful time in their lives,” said President Considine, who was addressing over 150 delegates at the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland’s (MII) annual conference which takes place today in the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny.
"As a mediator and a Minister, I was delighted that our government delivered the Mediation Act in 2017. Through my own work as a mediator, I've seen how effective and cost efficient mediation can be. Mediation puts the solution in the hands of those involved in the dispute and facilitates the disputants to determine the best mutual solution available. I know that mediation works and the state by passing the Mediation Act now recognises that," stated Minister Josepha Madigan, as she officially opened the MII's annual conference in the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny this morning.

The conference keynote address will be given by Maria Arpa, Founder and Chief Executive of the UK’s Centre for Peaceful Solutions.  Maria has mediated everything from hostile parents and teenagers, pupils excluded from school and separated parents at loggerheads to neighbours at war, street gang rivalries, threats to life and business deals gone wrong.  The retired Honourable Justice Henry Abbott will address the 21st MII annual dinner.
MII Annual Conference
Details of the MII Annual Conference and Key Speakers can be found here Conference Schedule  
Mediation Act 2017
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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:            Suite 112, The Capel Building, Mary's Abbey, Dublin 7, Ireland.
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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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