Niall Muldoon

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 Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said ‘I think it’s something we need to go after quickly. I would say four or five years would sort it out.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Schools are imposing reduced timetables on children in a way that “may not be solely child centred”, a landmark report on the issue warns. The report(...)

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon says there does not appear to be clear timelines in place for bringing an end to the practices of emergency and self-accomodation.

Some family hubs are merely “glorified hotels” with additional washing and cooking facilities, the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon has said (...)

The needs of homeless families and children are so compelling that a special effort is essential to provide them with reliable accommodation. Photo: Tom Honan

The number of homeless families can be expected to rise during the next four years, until the number of new homes being built meets demand, according (...)

Niall Muldoon,  Ombudsman for Children, said safeguards need to be put in place to ensure that the use of a reduced timetable is time-limited, in the best interests of the child and put in place without putting any pressure on the child’s parents or guardian.

The Government should monitor the use of reduced timetables by schools to ensure vulnerable children are not being inappropriately excluded from educa(...)

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(...)

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