Niall Muldoon

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The Ombudsman for Children’s has urged the Government to avoid a blanket closure of schools due to the negative affect it will have on vulnerable children.

The Government is expected to keep special schools and special classes open for thousands of children with special needs. There are about 16,000 chil(...)

 Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon: The State has been guilty of “decades of dereliction of duty” for the disabled. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Disabled children “are being left behind again” because welfare staff who should be helping them have been redeployed by the Health Service Executive (...)

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A four-year-old boy was left in hospital for more than two years, despite being medically fit for discharge, due to failings by the HSE and Tusla, a r(...)

Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon says ‘grossly unfair’ delays are robbing children of their potential and may affect children for the rest of their lives. File photograph: James Forde

Delays of several years in assessing the needs of children with suspected disabilities amount to a serious and ongoing violation of their rights, acco(...)

A large number of complaints focused on schools. Photograph: Getty Images

Education continues to be the most complained about issue for children according to the Ombudsman for Children’s latest annual report. The Ombudsman (...)

  Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children: ‘This is a totally different year for students, so we need go with fairness and equity first. Comparability of results to previous years should not be as important. Fairness and equity should trump comparability.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Leaving Cert students’ calculated grades should not be dictated by the past performance of their schools, the Ombudsman for Children has warned. Dr N(...)

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(...)

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