Niall Muldoon

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For a great many children school is their safe haven – it’s where they get a nutritious meal, where they get access to necessary therapies, it’s where(...)

Dr Niall Muldoon received 2,012 complaints at  the Ombudsman for Children’s Office last year – a ‘significant rise’ of 79 per cent on the 1,187 in 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Ombudsman for Children will raise “serious concerns” about inadequate services for children who have suffered trauma through abuse or neglect. I(...)

Government Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Prof Conor O’Mahony says he ‘would rather see this Bill coming back around next year than being enacted in its current form’. Photograph: iStock

The three-month timeline for the Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy to consider and make recommendations on measures to address the issue(...)

Dr Niall Muldoon with Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School  students Ava Coffey and Genevieve Morgan  and Lucy Maguire, and, behind, Callum Dunphy and Oscar McCarthy

Nearly half of children surveyed by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) say that the Covid pandemic has significantly changed their lives, with (...)

Adverse childhood experiences can  increase the risk of dementia. Photograph: iStock

While brain health is often something associated with later life, trauma, neglect and adverse childhood experiences can have a significant impact on o(...)

There is  broad consensus in the school community that reform is needed to the senior cycle, according to Paul Crone of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Many intelligent students are failing to excel in school due to our rigid education system’s focus on “dogmatic rote learning”, the head of the second(...)

The role of a guardian ad litem is to convey the ‘voice of the child’ to a judge but also to give a view on what they believe is in the child’s best interests. The two do not always concur. Photograph: iStock

After the tragic death of Sinéad O’Connor’s 17-year-old son Shane in January, the singer publicly thanked his guardian ad litem through social media. (...)

Pupils of Corpus Christi, Moyross, Limerick, take part in a mindfulness class at the new ‘wellness hub’. Photograph: Alan Place

Welcome to the “wellness hub” at Corpus Christi primary school. Here you’ll find one-to-one counseling for pupils and parents, play or music therapy f(...)

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children. ‘We believe that schools should be fully inclusive and promote equality,’ he said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

School admission rules which discriminate in favour of past pupils’ children risk locking generations of vulnerable young people into a cycle of disad(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: ‘I accept the need for clarity as quickly as possible.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There are “challenges” in having a hybrid model Leaving Certificate this year, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said, especially since such models can cre(...)

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