Niall Muldoon

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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(...)

 Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon:  the making of a complaint can seem daunting for those living in the direct provision system. Photograph: Eric Luke

Workers in the public service and in direct provision centres need to ensure that children in such centres and their families are facilitated if they (...)

Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon: “It’s important that Tusla operates in a way that protects the child rather than the system.”

Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon does not mince his words when expressing his concern about the child and family agency, Tusla. “I have said on (...)

The Minister said additional funding had been made available to Tusla to address critical service needs. File photograph: Getty Images

The Ombudsman for Children has expressed concern at the “stark” disparity in the number of children registered as being at risk of abuse or neglect on(...)

ISPCC’s director of policy, Clíodhna O’Neill said that in order to ensure “a comprehensive and independent” service, guardians should be funded through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs rather than Tusla.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children’s advocacy groups have criticised the Government for Tusla’s role in the Childcare Amendment Bill, saying the new scheme requires complete in(...)

(From left) Minister of State David Stanton, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon and Ombudsman Peter Tyndall. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

Asylum seekers in the State’s 33 direct provision centres will now be able to make complaints to the Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Children if they (...)

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