A NEW mediation service will allow for the resolution of disputes at community level without resorting to the costly and stressful legal route.
Run by the Limerick Community Law and Mediation Centre, the new service has been launched by Minister Jan O’Sullivan at Moyross Community Enterprise Centre.
Speaking at the event, Moyross PP Fr Tony O’Riordan said: “this is a much needed service for Limerick and in particular those communities identified for regeneration. I believe that a community mediation process will enhance social inclusion by empowering the communities to resolve issues in a non-adversarial way and help to build community relations”.
The mediation service is the latest initiative of Limerick Community Law Centre, which is based at the Social Services Centre Henry Street and is the only such centre outside of Dublin. Its work focuses on disadvantaged areas of Limerick city.
Solicitor Caroline Keane said that since opening last year, the centre had provided legal advice and information to over 270 people at free clinics in Moyross, Southill, Our Lady of Lourdes parish and St Mary’s Park.
“We have also delivered training and community education courses on a range of areas of law,” Ms Keane said.