Niall Muldoon

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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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Ending religious discrimination in schools’ admission policies may require a constitutional referendum, Minister for Children James Reilly has said. (...)

Catholic bishops have warned the Minister for Education that it is not her role to interfere with the ethos of faith schools.

Catholic bishops have warned the Minister for Education that it is not her role to interfere with the ethos of faith schools. The move follows a pled(...)

Róisín Lowe at St Leo’s College, Carlow: “I see a word and think I’m spelling it correctly but the words move about on the page.”  Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Róisín Lowe is a star student. She got an A in Junior Cert English. There’s almost no reason she shouldn’t perform well in her Leaving Cert next ye(...)

 Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon criticised the administration of the Reasonable Accommodation in the Certificate Examinations (Race) scheme for exam support. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State Examinations Commission has bowed to pressure from the Ombudsman for Children and disability rights organisations over a lack of transparen(...)

Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon at the launch of his organisation’s annual report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Young people who are placed in adult psychiatric facilities are continuing to experience a “gross interference” of their human rights according to the(...)

The Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon has called for fitness to teach hearings. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Long-promised fitness hearings for the teaching profession should be introduced urgently to improve accountability in schools, the Ombudsman for Child(...)

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