‘Their stories offer compelling insights into the negative impact gaps in services and system-oriented practices have on the lives of children and their families’. Photograph: Getty Images

As Ombudsman for Children I often return to the question posed by Eleanor Roosevelt, at an event at the UN in New York, during the 10th anniversary of(...)

Garda Insp Michael Lynch (left), Dr Conor Hanly of NUIG and Caroline Counihan, legal policy director RCNI, at the Rape Crisis Network Ireland seminar at Buswells Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Proposed legislation on sex offences has a “significant gap” in that it fails to provide a definition of consent, one of the main advocacy bodies for (...)

Dr Niall Muldoon: has outlined his plans to make direct provision the main priority of his upcoming tenure. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

The new Ombudsman for Children says young people should be trusted to “make up their own minds” once they reach the legal age to marry.Dr Niall Muldoo(...)

Clinical psychologist Dr Niall Muldoon is set to become the new Ombudsman for Children, succeeding Emily Logan

Clinical psychologist Dr Niall Muldoon is set to become the new Ombudsman for Children, succeeding Emily Logan. Dr Muldoon, who already works in the c(...)

Offaly footballer Niall McNamee: has spoken about his gambling. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of senior inter-county GAA players accessing a confidential counselling service has tripled this year, a conference will hear today. The Ga(...)