It is with great sadness that we share the news that the founding Director of Mediation NI, Brendan McAllister, has died on Tuesday morning (13th December 2022) following a short illness at the age of 66.
Few people have done as much for mediation and peacebuilding in Ireland as Brendan. He was our Director for 16 years and helped lead the development of mediation in this part of the world, and beyond. Among many things, he helped bring about police reform; was an advisor to the Parades Commission; and served as Victims Commissioner from 2008 to 2012.
He went on to work as an international peacemaker with the UN Mediation Support Unit in some of the most challenging conflict zones in the world.
Brendan brought so much energy and humanity to every interaction he had, and we would not be what we are today without his leadership, guidance, friendship and vision.
He will be greatly missed by us and so many others.
Our thoughts are with Elizabeth, Anna, Joseph and Tom, and all who will feel his loss, at this very difficult time.