Dr Sinéad Conneely BL, is a mediator and lecturer in Law at Waterford Institute of Technology. Shane Dempsey BSc, MSc is a founding Partner of Arc Mediation and a data analyst. Dr Róisín O’Shea is a founding Partner of Arc Mediation and legal academic. Arc Mediation and Waterford Institute of Technology trialed The Family Mediation Project, a research initiative 2015-2020, and the three authors have published a series of papers 2019-2021 in the Irish Family Law Journal from research carried out in the District Court 2017-2019 seeking to understand why families choose litigation over mediation. Róisín and Sinéad co-authored the chapter on Ireland in the UK/Ireland Bloomsbury publication ‘Family Mediation: Contemporary Issues’ May 2020.