Niall Muldoon

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A  fostered boy could not secure a school place for two years despite applications to 28 schools. File photograph: Getty Images

A 13-year-old boy in foster care was unable to find a school place for two years despite applications to 28 schools in surrounding areas, it has emerg(...)

Changes have been agreed in relation to the scheme that provides special assistance for students with learning difficulties or other issues when they sit  State exams. Photograph: David Jones/PA

Changes have been agreed to a scheme that provides special assistance for students with learning difficulties or other issues when they sit the State (...)

Samantha, a young asylum seeker, lives in the direct provision system. She was accepted to study in Maynooth but cannot afford the fees. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

You’ve fled war and poverty. You’ve taken your children across the sea on a rickety boat and hoped to survive. After many sleepless, hungry distressed(...)

The children’s ombudsman said there was an 8 per cent increase in complaints last year. Photograph: The Irish Times

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, must get better at responding to complaints about its care of children, the Ombudsman for Children has said. Nia(...)

In June alone 3,169 unaccompanied children arrived in Italy while 2,390 unaccompanied children have been referred to EKKA (Greek National Centre for Social Solidarity). File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Ireland has accepted just 38 refugees, including one unaccompanied child, from Greece in the past year despite a commitment to accept 2,622 under the (...)

Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children, is determined to listen to children’s voices.

With the proposed introduction of a parent-student charter in all schools, cynics may question what sort of meaningful contribution young children can(...)

An emmotional four-year-old Luke Delaney on his first day at school, at Griffeen Valley Educate Together School, in Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is a familiar flurry of pristine school uniforms, bulging school bags and squeaky new lunch boxes this week as children around the country retur(...)

Dr  Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children: he said the new  National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health “has the potential to drive real change in an area where it is very much needed”.

The Ombudsman for Children has said the new National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health will need to ensure it delivers specific actions that will “make(...)

Fine Gael TD Jim Daly is proposing a Bill to establish an ombudsman for education. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Parents and students would be able to appeal decisions made by schools to an independent body for the first time, under legislation which has been acc(...)

The Education (Amendment Bill)  is strongly opposed by the Ombudsman for Children. Photograph: Getty Images

Parents would have an opportunity to complain and appeal decisions made by schools for the first time under legislation which has been accepted by th(...)

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