Sinead Conneely


Sinead Conneely is a graduate of University College Galway (BA 1993; LLB 1995), University of Cambridge (LLM 1997), Trinity College Dublin (PhD 2001) and the King’s Inns (BL 2001). Sinead has spent the last 20 years working as a lecturer in academic institutions – mostly Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) – teaching a wide variety of legal courses, including modules on employment law and mediation. She completed her master’s at the University of Cambridge, examining commercial insurance law, corporate finance law and insolvency law, as well as family law and policy. Her PhD was undertaken at Trinity College Dublin. Her thesis outlined the origins and development of family mediation internationally and then comparatively analysed the adoption and process of family mediation in Ireland and Northern Ireland. She trained as a mediator in 2012. Sinead is project coordinator for the WIT Family Mediation project, where her role is that of administrator and volunteer mediator; and has been conducting empirical research attending family law cases in the District Court since March 2017. In 2018, she was invited by the Legal Aid Board to join the working group for the establishment of the Mediation Council of Ireland.