ICMA Conference 2018 – “The Mediation Act 2017 – A Game Changer?”

ICMA Conference 2018

ICMA is proud to report that its 2018 conference – “The Mediation Act 2017 – A Game Changer?” – was a great success. We had a full house and would like to thank all attendees for coming to the event. We hope you found it useful and informative.

Many thanks to our speakers, Mr Justice David Barniville and Jim O’Callaghan SC, and to our panellists Peter Ward SC, Kieran Mulvey, Niall Glynn, Eileen Roberts and Helen Kilroy for their very interesting and informative discussions.

Thank you also to Breda O’Malley, Partner in Hayes solicitors and Dermot McEvoy, Partner in Eversheds Sutherland and Chairman of ICMA for leading our panel discussions.

Above all, we would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the discussion.

We would also like to thank our sponsors Hayes solicitorsA&L Goodbody, Maples and Calder, Deloitte, McDowell Purcell, Ulster Bank, Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and Eversheds Sutherland.


It remains to be seen whether or not the Mediation Act 2017 will be a game changer in Irish dispute resolution but the overall view at the Conference was that its enactment is a welcome and progressive step.

There was particular interest in the following points raised at the Conference:

  • Does the requirement for a Mediator’s Report under section 17 of the Act conflict with the idea of Mediation as a confidential and private process?
  • Conversely, is the confidentiality and privacy of the Mediation process compatible with the Constitutional requirement that justice be done in public?
  • When does a Mediation end for the purposes of section 18 of the Act?

We would welcome our Members’ views on these issues and invite you to submit articles/opinion pieces in relation to same to admin@icma.ie which we would be happy to post to the website.

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