Niall Muldoon

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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(...)

Fianna Fáil’s spokeswoman on disability called on Tusla to ‘get its act together’ regarding  services for children with disabilities.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) and the Irish Foster Care Association have welcomed acceptance by Tusla of the Omb(...)

Focus Ireland has called on the Minister to close a loophole that allows for residential eviction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Vacant properties in rural areas should be utilised as a solution to the homelessness crisis, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has said. (...)

Aasylum seekers, refugees and human rights supporters marching to the Department of Justice as part of a national day of action to end direct provision. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Children living in the direct provision system for asylum seekers have complained about issues such as food, overcrowding and access to transport sinc(...)

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children: “The issue of children living in homeless accommodation is not going away.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A mother and her children who moved out of their home because of domestic violence were “erroneously” referred to a housing service for new communitie(...)

Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon says the issue of children of no faith, or a different faith, being ‘exposed to religious influence’ in Catholic state-funded schools must still be addressed. Photograph: Eric Luke

Serious legal questions remain unanswered regarding the Government’s proposal to end the “Baptism barrier” for Catholic school admissions, Fianna Fáil(...)

Prof Geoffrey Shannon and Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll at the publication of an audit into An Garda Síochána’s child-protection management. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An audit that found serious failings in the State’s child-protection system is “a wake-up call for Irish society”, the author of the report has said.(...)

During the week of April 24th to April 30th there were 2,708 homeless children in 1,302 families across the State, compared with 2,643 in 1,256 families in March. Photograph: Getty Images

The homelessness crisis is enveloping a spiralling number of children – 2,708 at the end of April, in 1,302 families across the State – and the law n(...)

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, launching his annual report 2016. He said “family hubs” were “a positive step forward” but “a temporary solution to a long-term problem”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Homeless families due to be moved from hotels into “family hubs” in the coming weeks, should be there for no longer than six months and should complai(...)

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