Niall Muldoon

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A family hub at the Gleann na hEorna apartment complex on Cookstown Way, in Tallaght. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Government is constantly “grappling” with homelessness, Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon has said. Dr Muldoon said the Government’s relia(...)

The Respond! family hub at the Gleann na hEorna apartment complex on Cookstown Way in Tallaght opened in 2017. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Children as young as five have tried running away from family hubs, while others describe them as “like a children’s jail”, a landmark study published(...)

Boards of management can play a big role when parents are in conflict with a principal over the treatment of their child. Photograph: iStock

The Ombudsman for Children, Niall Muldoon, isn’t given to flashy or attention-grabbing public pronouncements. Yet a line from his annual report i(...)

 Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon. File Photograph: Eric Luke

The standard of support being provided to hundreds of children in foster care who have moderate to severe disabilities continues to be a cause of conc(...)

Although children under 18 years did not have the opportunity to vote in the Brexit referendum, 61% of males and 80% of females in the youngest cohort of votes voted to remain. Photograph: Getty Images

As the legal, financial and business implications of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union continue to dominate the headlines and (...)

The Department of Education allows schools to impose a “reduced timetable” on pupils in exceptional circumstances, but never as a behavioural management tool and only with the parents’ consent.  Photograph: David Sleator

The teaching of children with social and behavioural difficulties has always posed a challenge for the education system. That is why vindicating a “ri(...)

Practice affected “particularly vulnerable children and young people experiencing behavioural difficulties, disabilities or social and emotional challenges”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Disadvantaged children’s access to education is being curtailed across the State by schools imposing “reduced timetables” on them. Children’s rights (...)

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, speaking at the Niapp conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Children who sexually abuse are among the “most marginalised” and stigmatised children and must receive treatment and support, the Ombudsman for Child(...)

Galway Simon and Cope Galway have highlighted the growing problem of homelessness across the west. Photograph: iStock

Preliminary postmortem results have ruled out any suspicious circumstances relating to the death of Martin Carroll (29), whose body was found on the g(...)

Dr  Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said  we are now the fourth or fifth richest country in Europe, “and we can’t provide for families”.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon has criticised State reliance on landlords who lost out during the economic crash and are now “gorging . . . l(...)

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