Niall Muldoon

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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(...)

Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said: “As a society, we need to look at what we can do to help resolve outstanding issues that are associated with direct provision services in Ireland.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The number of children kept in “wholly unsuitable” conditions at direct provision centres across the country has risen by more than a third over the p(...)

The report recommends the urgent establishment of a nationwide primary schools’ counselling service. Photograph: Istock

Significant numbers of primary school children as young as four are presenting with serious mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression and(...)

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon’s frustration  over the sub-standard services being provided by the HSE to suicidal children comes though in his annual report. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

When the interests of service providers take precedence over the rights and needs of their clients, public trust is undermined. This divergence in pri(...)

The ombudsman received 1,755 complaints last year, up 4 per cent on 2016 and 7 per cent since 2015. Above, Dr Niall Muldoon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lack of access for suicidal youths to emergency mental health services and the “stark failure” of the HSE and Tusla to act together in children’s best(...)

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children: “We have encouraged children out of the darkness into the sunshine and then left them exposed.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The message that “it’s okay not to feel okay” is getting through to children and young people. Most know it is no longer taboo to raise your hand and (...)

Blackrock College was among those schools who resisted the plans to abolish the so-called “old school tie” provision. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Ombudsman for Children has said there is “no justifiable reason” to allow schools to give children of past pupils priority in their enrolment. At(...)

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon: Foster mother brought initial complaint to him after she had fought in vain to advocate for the services that Molly needed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Tusla social worker advised the foster mother in the “Molly” case to complain to the Ombudsman for Children about gaps in services between Tusla and(...)

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