British and Irish Ombudsman Association Biannual Conference
07 May 2009
British and Irish Ombudsman Association meets in England
Representatives from the Office of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces attended the Biannual Conference of the British and Irish Ombudsman Association, which took place in the University of Warwick on 7th and 8th May.
The theme for this year’s event was ‘200 years of the Ombudsman Institution: much done – still more to do’.
The event was formally opened by the Emily O’Reilly, the Irish Ombudsman and Chairperson of the Association. Over the two day programme, discussion topics included reviewing public sector ombudsmen; consumer redress and public redress.
According to the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces, Paulyn Marrinan Quinn, “the biannual conference of the British and Irish Ombudsman Association is an important forum for discussing issues of mutual concern with our national and UK counterparts. At a time of restricted public resources, it enables us to review potential areas for closer cooperation and solutions in our area of work.”
Ms Marrinan Quinn was one of the inagural members of the BIOA which came into being in 1993 as the United Kingdom Ombudsman Association became the British and Irish Ombudsman Association when membership was extended to include ombudsmen from the Republic of Ireland in 1994.
For further information, see: www.bioa.org.uk