Niall Muldoon

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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(...)

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(...)

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