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Credit: Photos: James Connolly

Credit: Photos: James Connolly

Credit: Keenan Johnson, Solicitor, Accredited Mediator, Ballymote with former Sligo District Court Judge Oliver McGuinness

Credit: Keenan Johnson, Solicitor, Accredited Mediator, Ballymote with former Sligo District Court Judge Oliver McGuinness

Credit: Anne Colley, Chairperson, Legal Aid Board and Justice Mary Laffoy

Credit: Anne Colley, Chairperson, Legal Aid Board and Justice Mary Laffoy

Credit: Joan Clarke, Solicitor, Accredited Mediator, Keenan Johnson, Solicitor, Accredited Mediator, Ballymote and Rosemarie Loftus, Solicitor at the Mediation Solutions Northwest Official Launch in The Glass House Hotel, Sligo.

Credit: Joan Clarke, Solicitor, Accredited Mediator, Keenan Johnson, Solicitor, Accredited Mediator, Ballymote and Rosemarie Loftus, Solicitor at the Mediation Solutions Northwest Official Launch in The Glass House Hotel, Sligo.

Credit: Aisling Lupton, Carol Ballantyne and Lorraine Murphy at the Mediation Solutions Northwest Official Launch in The Glass House Hotel, Sligo.

Credit: Aisling Lupton, Carol Ballantyne and Lorraine Murphy at the Mediation Solutions Northwest Official Launch in The Glass House Hotel, Sligo.

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Credit: Photos: James Connolly

The recession has seen a rise in litigation but a new group officially launched in Sligo aims to get people to resolve their disputes without ending up in court.

The official launch of Mediation Solutions North West took place on Thursday last, in the Glasshouse Hotel Sligo. Mediation Solutions Northwest was founded in October last year and consists of a group of professionals working in the North West area who are offering mediation services to any person, group or business involved in a dispute, who do not wish to take the legal route.

The founder members include solicitors, accountants and doctors trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and all are accredited mediators.

They also bring the benefit of many years experience in their particular professions.

Mediation is now frequently recommended by the Civil Courts and many contracts will have a clause included stating that mediation be considered before any court proceedings.

The legal route can be protracted and expensive and mediation is being seen as an increasingly attractive alternative.

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Speaking at the launch were Ms Ann Colley, Chairperson of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Justice Laffoy, Judge of the High Court, Mr Brian Higgins, Friary law and Mr. Keenan Johnson, President of Mediation Solutions Northwest and Sabine Walsh, Practising Mediator and Secretary of Mediation Solutions Northwest.

"This is an exciting time to be involved in mediation. The Law Reform Commission Report on mediation is imminent, as is the publication of the Mediation and Conciliation Bill 2010. We in Mediation Solutions Northwest are well prepared for the busy times ahead.

"We also believe that mediation will provide people with a nonconfrontational and less pressurised way to resolve disputes. It will also leave the parties to a dispute in control of the ultimate outcome.

"The Mediators of Mediation Solutions Northwest, will offer a facilitative role to the parties in helping them achieve an agreement that addresses the concerns of all involved. Mediation is a proven, cost effective, efficient and speedy method of resolving disputes," said Mr. Johnson.


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