Niall Muldoon

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Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, has written to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar about his concerns. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Ombudsman for Children has expressed concern to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) may be downgraded (...)

The Government is expected to give some indication on Friday on the status of both sets of State examinations. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Children’s Ombudsman has called for “urgent clarity” on plans for this year’s Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate examinations which are due to b(...)

Dr Niall Muldoon: ‘The HSE is ignoring the spirit of this agreement.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon has criticised both the HSE and Tusla for not adequately making plans for disabled children in care. A repo(...)

Kirsty Spencer with her children outside their hub accommodation, in Drumcondra in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

No Child 2020 is an Irish Times initiative to provide a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues in 2019. Inspired by the Democratic Pro(...)

Among the reports’ recommendations  are that local authorities  make “the best interests of the child as paramount” when placing families in emergency accommodation. Photograph: Getty Images

Emergency legislation, including imposing restrictions on landlords’ rights, is needed to tackle the homelessness crisis, two Oireachtas committees ha(...)

Students at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush, Co Dublin, are taking part in a review of the senior cycle, including Kadem Price, Rachel Dillon and Senan Monks. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nobody ever expected Liane McCarthy to drop out of school. She was always academic, and she loved learning. But when she was 15, she hit a rough pat(...)

 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(...)

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