The next First Thursday meeting will concern the topic of immigration and racial and religious conflict. It will take place on Thursday 3rd March at 7:30pm. Further information about the speaker and venue will be posted shortly.

About the First Thursday programme: The ONE~resolve Mediators’ First Thursday events generally take place on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm at the Shelbourne Hotel a number of times during the year. A contribution of €20 is requested to cover overheads and CPD certificates are available on request in form to comply with Law Society guidance. If you would like to be included on the mailing list please email

Previous events:

19 November, 2015: “Personal Fall-Out for the Conflict Practitioner”

Aoife Fennelly BL spoke about her research conducted at TCD on a sample of established mediators investigating the impact on the mediator of managing emotionally charged situations. Jenny Bulbullia BL, also conducting research at TCD, then addressed, more generally, the issue of professional resilience and wellbeing. In the discussion afterwards attendees shared their own experiences of coping with the personal challenges of mediation. The meeting was chaired by Eugene Davy, mediator on the ONE~resolve panel, specialist solicitor in family law and Partner in Hayes Solicitors.

22 October, 2015: “Medical Cases: Hard Facts and Hard Numbers”

For Mediation Awareness Week, we followed our earlier treatment of the subject of medical mediations by hosting a discussion relating to recent publicity concerning high level awards and timing of apologies. This was opened by contributions from James Dorgan, economic consultant, who provided a backdrop to the subject, and Phillip Fagan, Senior Clinical Claims Manager and Head of Cerebral Palsy Unit, State Claims Agency. The meeting was chaired by Garvan Corkery, ONE~resolve mediator, barrister and former law partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn, who also is a member of the governance body for Bon Secours Health System.

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.

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.

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.

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 important changes to be made before enactment of the legislation.


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