Niall Muldoon

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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(...)

Bryan McMahon, chairman  of the working group on direct provision, said those in the system were ‘hollow men and women with scooped out personalities and moving like zombies in some cases’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Minister of State with responsibility for refugees has ruled out a blanket amnesty for those who are in direct provision for five years or more. (...)

The European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where Frances Fitzgerald is speaking on Wednesday. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is in Geneva to face questioning before the United Nations on Ireland’s human rights record. Sh(...)

 (L to R) Abdi Mooge, Ciara Lynam, Julie Nguyen and Job Makiese, from St Ronan’s National School, Deansrath, Clondalkin, Co Dublin, at the Yellow Flag awards.

More than a dozen primary and secondary schools have received national recognition for their work in tackling racism and creating a more welcoming env(...)

 Children’s Ombudsman Niall Muldoon: asked after Thursday’s examination whether there had been “ongoing dialogue” between his office and Justice on extending his remit to direct provision centres, he said there had not. Photograph: Sara Freund

Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon has disputed Government claims about the rights of children in direct provision made to a United Nations committ(...)

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