Notice of the passing of Anne Bunni, past CIArb (Irish Branch) Chairperson
It is with great sadness that we wish to announce the passing of Anne Bunni, past Chairperson of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Irish Branch).
Branch Chairman, Martin Waldron, represented the Branch at the funeral and expressed condolences on behalf of the Irish Branch to Anne’s husband Nael Bunni (past Chairman and Branch Patron), her children and extended family.
Mr. Justice Paul Gilligan, father-in-law to Anne’s daughter, Lydia, kindly provided the following touching obituary:
Anne Bunni RIP
Anne Bunni who has died in her early eighties was a devoted servant to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Irish Branch). She was Honorary Secretary to the Institute from 1990 to 1996 and thereafter the first female Chairperson 1996 to 1997.
In 1982 Anne entered the world of law with a course of study at the Honorable Society of Kings Inns and it was with justifiable pride she was called to the Bar of Ireland in July 1987. She commenced practice as a Barrister working mainly in the area of family law and in 1991 was awarded a Diploma in European Law from UCD.
In 1990 she took up the position as Honorary Secretary of The Chartered Institute Irish Branch where she was involved inter alia in setting up a variety of Arbitration schemes for major enterprises many of which endure to this day.
Anne was gifted with a uniquely strong personality which allied to her own ability and diplomacy greatly assisted her in steering the institute during her period as Chairperson along a successful path.
Anne was a skilled arbitrator and during this period she was retained in over forty arbitrations bringing them to a conclusion with awards being published in all.
In 1996 Anne was appointed as a chairperson to the Employment Appeals Tribunal where she served with distinction for many years.
Following her marriage in 1962 to Nael, whom she met in Manchester, they moved to Baghdad where they lived for a number of years before returning to Ireland. Thereafter she travelled the world with Nael in his work as an international arbitrator and there were few countries that she had not visited making countless new friends and acquaintances.
Anne had the ability to engage with a new encounter on a serious or light-hearted level always putting them at their ease and leaving them with a sense of inclusivity.
Anne could indeed be described as the composite all-rounder.
She will be deeply mourned by her devoted husband Nael, her six children including our member Lydia, and her twenty six grandchildren.
Anne Bunni will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by us all.