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04/02/2015 [Motions] I want mediators to have a licence whereby they would have to apply for it and it would be subject to renewal. I want there to be proper public awareness of mediation and of the service and work that mediators provide. The level of knowledge of mediation in this country is currently very...Vol-237 Book-8
04/02/2015 [Motions] I would be delighted to second this motion. I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Ó Ríordáin to the House.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [568]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Senator Bacik, it is a Fine Gael motion. Senator Jim D'Arcy can second it and I will reserve his right to do so.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [568]
04/02/2015 [Motions] I second the motion.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [568]
04/02/2015 [Motions] The Senator is reserving his right to speak.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [568]
04/02/2015 [Motions] I am reserving my right to speak.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [568]
04/02/2015 [Motions] I welcome this motion and thank the proponents of it for putting it before the House. The Fianna Fáil Party supports the notion of mediation services, as set out in the motion. The only problem we would have is that we would criticise the Government's delay in the publication of the medi...Vol-237 Book-8 Page [568]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Absolutely.[Conway, Martin]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [570]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Hear, hear.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [570]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Often having gone through this Chamber, a Bill goes into the other House much improved, having been widely debated. I believe there is a lot more wisdom in this Chamber and more time for debate than sometimes there is in the other House.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [570]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Forgive me for saying that but it is a matter of record. Moreover, many of my colleagues, who are much wiser than me, already have said this.Vol-237 Book-8
04/02/2015 [Motions] I agree with Senator O'Donovan's words on the Seanad and the advantages of commencing the Bill in this House. I again welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Ó Ríordáin, to the House, and commend Senator Conway on introducing this motion. It is in keeping with his general interest in this ...Vol-237 Book-8 Page [570]
04/02/2015 [Motions] I also welcome the Minister of State and join in commending Senator Conway on putting this motion on the agenda to give Members an opportunity to discuss this matter in the Chamber. I certainly concur with Senators O'Donovan and Bacik about urging the Minister to bring the Bill before the...Vol-237 Book-8 Page [572]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Hear, hear. She is a very good one.[Conway, Martin]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [572]
04/02/2015 [Motions] She has an outstanding record in this area.
The Law Reform Commission report from 2010 contained 108 recommendations. I do not plan to read them all out but when one goes through the recommendations, what is interesting is that many of them have been done or are near completion because ...
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04/02/2015 [Motions] The message that mediation can save the Exchequer substantial moneys is demonstrated in the recent EU report, Rebooting the Mediation Directive, which highlights that if a 9% success rate is achieved in civil and commercial medication, it creates savings for the state. In Ireland, the Fam...Vol-237 Book-8
04/02/2015 [Motions] Ba mhaith liom chomhgairdeas agus buíochas a ghabháil le Senator Martin Conway as an rún agus an obair mhór atá déanta aige air.
Unlike Senator O'Donovan, I do not have a legal background but I have expertise in family law for different reasons. There are only advantages to mediation. ...
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04/02/2015 [Motions] Hear, hear.[Cullinane, David]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [573]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Mediation assists parties embroiled in disputes to resolve matters their own way, to find a solution that all of them can live with and, most important, it gives the parties an avenue to allow them to continue to do business together, as they have reached a solution together. It also allo...Vol-237 Book-8 Page [574]
04/02/2015 [Motions] The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is represented in the Gallery today. Its members are very interested in this debate and the progress of the Bill. They are very concerned about the quality of training offered to accredit mediators. The idea that one can spend 40 hours or 60 hours ...Vol-237 Book-8
04/02/2015 [Motions] I move amendment No. 1:
In the first paragraph, to delete “acknowledges the Government's commitment”.
I did not intend to speak on the Private Members' motion, because Senator Ó Clochartaigh will speak on behalf of Sinn Féin, but there are a number of amendments and therefore he needs some...
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04/02/2015 [Motions] I had not planned on speaking either, but I still welcome the opportunity to support the motion. I compliment my colleague, Senator Conway, on tabling the motion. It should help to give a sense of urgency in order that the legislation can be introduced more quickly. No doubt the Ministe...Vol-237 Book-8 Page [575]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Senator Mullins well knows we should refrain from naming people on the record of the House who are not here to defend themselves.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [575]
04/02/2015 [Motions] -----that they used mediation to resolve their differences. Mediation is a flexible process that is conducted confidentially, in which a third party assists the parties to a dispute in working towards a negotiated settlement. As Senator Jim D’Arcy said, the outcome, hopefully, is much mo...Vol-237 Book-8 Page [575]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Cuirim céad fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit agus tá an-áthas orm a bheith in ann labhairt ar an rún seo anocht. Mar a deir mo chomhghleacaí, an Seanadóir Cullinane, i bprionsabal aontaíonn Sinn Féin leis na smaointe atá á gcur chun chinn. Tréaslaím le mo chomhghleacaí as Contae an Chláir, an ...Vol-237 Book-8 Page [576]
04/02/2015 [Motions] It seeks to provide for reform of the law relating to the charging of costs by legal practitioners and the system of the assessment of costs relating to the provision of legal services.
We first got sight of the Legal Services Regulation Bill on 12 October 2011. It was debated on Second...
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04/02/2015 [Motions] Unfortunately, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, is unable to be here this evening due to another commitment. I am pleased, therefore, to have this opportunity to address on her behalf the important subject of mediation. I thank the Senators for providing ...Vol-237 Book-8 Page [577]
04/02/2015 [Motions] In addition, the Bill provides that a court may, either on the application of any party involved in proceedings or of its own motion, where it considers it appropriate having regard to the circumstances of the case, invite the parties to consider using mediation as an alternative to the...Vol-237 Book-8
04/02/2015 [Motions] I welcome the Minister of State to the House. I commend Senator Conway on tabling this motion. I will be brief because most of the areas I wanted to cover have been dealt with. I second Senator Cullinane's amendment.
The Minister of State said the Bill is being drafted in the Office o...
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04/02/2015 [Motions] I thank the Minister of State for attending the House. I commend Senator Conway on bringing forward this motion. I will not pretend to be an expert in this area and I bow to the experience of my colleagues who have a far more in-depth knowledge about it. I could write what I know about ...Vol-237 Book-8 Page [580]
04/02/2015 [Motions] However, it is vital that mediators are properly trained as people are entitled to the best service possible and without regulation, this may not always be the case. In most cases of family law, the issues can be very sensitive, traumatic and have a major effect on people's lives. It is....Vol-237 Book-8
04/02/2015 [Motions] I thank the nine speakers. The Seanad comprises 60 Senators so approximately 50 did not seem to have much of an interest.[Conway, Martin]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [582]
04/02/2015 [Motions] They might be involved in mediation.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [582]
04/02/2015 [Motions] I agree that when the Bill is published, if it begins life in the Seanad, it will probably be a better Bill. There is an interest in conflict resolution and identifying solutions in this House. As I indicated in my opening remarks, there have been motions, some sponsored by me, on restor...Vol-237 Book-8 Page [582]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Amendment put and declared lost.Vol-237 Book-8
04/02/2015 [Motions] I move amendment No. 2:
In the third paragraph, after "mediation" to insert "thereby increasing access to justice for all".[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]
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04/02/2015 [Motions] I second the amendment.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [583]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Amendment put and declared lost.Vol-237 Book-8
04/02/2015 [Motions] I move amendment No. 3:
In the last paragraph to insert "immediately" after the words "to commit".[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]
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04/02/2015 [Motions] I second the amendment.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [583]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Amendment put and declared lost.Vol-237 Book-8
04/02/2015 [Motions] Motion put and agreed to.Vol-237 Book-8
04/02/2015 [Motions] When is it proposed to sit again?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [583]
04/02/2015 [Motions] Ar 10.30 maidin amárach.[Conway, Martin]Vol-237 Book-8 Page [583]
04/02/2015 [Motions] The Seanad adjourned at 6.50 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 5 February 2015.Vol-237 Book-8
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