Past events of the Mediators’ First Thursday Club

1 Nov. 2012:  “Can Mediation Work for Defamation?”

facilitated by Harry Whelehan S.C., former Attorney General of Ireland 


Karen Harty, partner McCann FitzGerald   

Andrew O’Rorke partner Hayes Solicitors    

Eamonn Kennedy  Director of Legal Affairs, RTE

See a summary of this event on the “Writings” section in the main menu.

6 Dec. 2012:  Anna Carroll spoke about “Forgiveness”

Anna held senior management responsibilities in education, training and research before becoming a psychotherapist. She was a member of the leadership team at Eckhart House (Institute of Psychosynthesis) in Dublin. In this role she became recognised as an outstanding teacher combining psychological and spiritual insight. 

See a summary of Anna’s talk on our “Writings” section in the main menu.

7 February 2013: Prof. Jim Sheehan spoke about  Mediation in Zones of Intimate Conflict  – Creating Room for Dialogue”

Prof. Jim Sheehan is a noted therapist, mediator and expert witness in the area of couples and families in conflict. 

7 March 2013: Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan spoke about “The Power of Apology”

2 May 2013: Mark Patrick Hederman OSB, Abbott of Glenstal spoke about “The Crane Bag and the Fifth Province”

6 June 2013: Reading of poetry by Michael O’Siadhail

3 October 2013: Noel Dorr, former Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Irish Permanent Representative at the United Nations spoke about “Conflict, Sovereignty, Intervention, Mediation”

7 November 2013: Gerry O’Sullivan spoke on “The Challenges of International Mediation”

5 December 2013: Conversation between three religious traditions, Jewish, Christian and Islamic under the title “Who Do you Say that I Am?”

6 February 2014: Barbara Walshe spoke on Restorative Justice and Victim-Offender dialogue”

6 March 2014: Damian Tansey spoke onMedical Claims – mediation as the future, or tried and found wanting?”

4 April 2014: Margaret Bouchier, Michael Irvine solicitor, and Turlough O’Donnell senior counsel shared their experience under the title “Memorable Mistakes”

1 May 2014: Lia O’Hegarty spoke about  The Constitutional Convention – a template for non-adversarial dialogue on important political questions?”

6 November 2014: “Mediation in Probate”

Ms Justice Marie Baker, High Court Judge assigned to adjudication of probate matters, spoke about mediation in disputes concerning wills and inheritance, including applications for provision taken under Section 117, Succession Act 1965. The meeting was chaired by Edward Gleeson, partner in Mason Hayes and Curran Solicitors and mediator on the One Resolve panel.

4 December 2014: “Mixing Mediation and Mindfulness”

Three speakers spoke about the benefit of mindfulness practice to the role of mediator: Trica Hayes, a mediator who has delivered mindfulness sessions at the Mediators Institute of Ireland annual conference; Vincent McNamara, theologian and former teacher of meditation at Eckhart House, Dublin; and Cáit Bohan, communications officer who spoke on ‘Insight Training’ as developed by the Buddhist teacher (and former law professor) Rob Nairn. A brief guided mindfulness practice exercise was carried out followed by discussion on how mindfulness may be used to observe conflict dynamics while letting go of the tendency to take excessive control of the process.

5 February, 2015: “Mediation in the New Workplace Relations Bill 2014 and Mediation in the Workplace – non-statutory disputes resolution”

Dr Mary Redmond, Consultant Solicitor at Arthur Cox, One Resolve mediator and author of a number of key works related to employment law, spoke about pending changes to employment legislation, advocacy in relation to these and the impact on workplace mediation. Dr Redmond elicited a lively discussion between employment lawyers and trade union members with the aim of advocating for key changes to be made before the legislation is enacted.

5 March, 2015: “It’s happening in healthcare”

Marie Hutton, solicitor and Clinical Claims Manager for the Clinical Indemnity Scheme of the State Claims Agency, spoke about her experience of the State’s role in over 20 mediations in the field of medical negligence. The meeting was chaired by Mary Culliton, mediator, member of the One Resolve panel and formerly Head of the HSE”s Consumer Division.

7 May, 2015: “Medicine, Ethics and the Law”

Turlough O’Donnell, Senior Counsel and Mediator, hosted a discussion between members of the medical and legal professions with speakers, Professor Trevor Duffy, former President of the IMO, and Dr Mark Delargy of the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Given that the professional encounter between lawyers and healthcare professionals is usually in the course of adversarial litigation and dominated by the theme of business efficiency, the meeting opened up a non-adversarial dialogue around risk, professional judgment and ethics without focusing exclusively on medical claims and the litigation/mediation option. Future meetings will explore the issues raised.

4 June, 2015: “Restorative Justice and Victim-Offender dialogue”

Deirdre Kenny, Director of Advocacy with One-in-Four, spoke about the use of restorative justice in the case of sexual offences and Stephen Doyle, founder of Care after Prison and former ‘lifer’ described his experience of attaining reconciliation with the family affected by his offence. The meeting was chaired by Pearse Mehigan, solicitor and ONE~resolve mediator, who has considerable experience of the use of mediation in highly charged situations.