7-14 October 2017 - Mediation Awareness Week


7th to 14th October, will put spotlight on resolving conflict through mediation


  • Mediation benefits society by achieving dispute resolutions in a fraction of the time and cost of going to Court  

  • Mediation Awareness Week has been instigated by the Irish Commercial Mediation Association with support from the Mediators Institute of Ireland, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Law Society, the Universities, community and family mediation groups and mediation service providers throughout Ireland

Mediation Awareness Week, 7th to 14th October, 2015, will highlight 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.  Mediation is a ‘people centered’ process which achieves resolutions in a fraction of the time and cost of going to Court.  It leaves the decision making with the individuals and organisations rather than with a Judge. In a private and confidential setting, mediation looks to the future and seeks to repair damaged relationships by focusing on interests and needs rather than rights and power.

Mediation Awareness Week opens on Saturday 7th October with the All Ireland Young Mediators Competition at the DDRC in Dublin.  Students and trainees will contest their skills with disputes involving community and workplace. Over 30 events will take place throughout Ireland including the Mediators Institute of Ireland’s conference on Friday 13th at the Radisson Hotel, Athlone.

A full calendar of events can be viewed at www.mediationawarenessweek.ie


Speaking about the week, Austin Kenny Director of Mediation Awareness Week said:

“Disputes and differences arise in all walks of life and in every corner of this island. How we deal with them can determine our economic and personal futures. A long-running unresolved conflict can be a serious disruption to the quality of our lives and costly in terms of time, money and perhaps the most important element, our relationships. 

Human nature being what it is, differences of opinion are inevitable. It is how we deal with them that matters.”

“In Irish society,” said Kenny, “whether it be in the community, the workplace, the family or in business, we resort to the law to get our problems fixed. The difficulty, of course, is that the legal process provides enforced solutions to problems, takes a long time, costs a fortune and causes an even greater rift between people. Most importantly the general outcome is one where there is a winner and a loser and neither walks away happy from the process.”

Media Contact: Austin Kenny | 086-2548163 | info@mediationawarenessweek.ie

List of Organisations Involved



  • Community Mediation Centre, Coolock, Bray, Limerick, Portlaoise
  • South Dublin Mediation Centre, Tallagh
  • Community mediators Sligo, Cavan, Wexford, Waterford, Galway, Kerry, Laois, Wicklow
  • The Judiciary


  • Irish Commercial Mediators Assoc
  • Chambers Ireland
  • Mediators Institute of Ireland
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Law Society
  • Chamber of Commerce throughout Ireland
  • Royal Institute of Architects
  • Engineers Ireland
  • Financial Services Ombudsman
  • Commercial Mediation Group, Cork 


  • Family Mediation Northern Ireland
  • Family Mediation service Letterkenny
  • Family mediators Cavan, Sligo, Galway, Wexford, Waterford, Kerry, Cork, Laois. Wicklow
  • Community Mediation Centre, Coolock, Bray, Limerick, Portlaoise
  • South Dublin Mediation Centre, Tallagh


  • University College Dublin
  • National University of Ireland 
  • Trinity College
  • Griffith College
  • University of Limerick
  • Queens University, Belfast