Wednesday 17th February 2021

 Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, today welcomed the re-appointment by the President of Dr Niall Muldoon as Ombudsman for Children for a second six year term with effect from 17 February 2021.

The re-appointment follows the recent passing by both Houses of the Oireachtas of a motion, tabled by Minister O’ Gorman proposing that Dr Muldoon be re-appointed.

In welcoming the re-appointment Minister O’ Gorman said that

since taking up the post of Ombudsman for Children six years ago, Dr Muldoon has led the Office of the Ombudsman for Children very effectively and has been a strong and necessary advocate for children

Specifically, he has:

  • ensured that children within the Direct Provision system can access the services of his Office after 17 years during which that was not the case.
  • played a central role in developing and setting up the Barnahus One House Pilot in Galway, which offers a one stop shop for children affected by sexual abuse.
  • brought the voices of seldom-heard children to the Oireachtas, through reports such as ‘No Place Like Home’, involving homeless children living in family hubs, and ‘Take My Hand’, involving in-patient children at adolescent psychiatric units.”

The Minister said that investigations carried out by the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, such as Molly’s case and Jack’s case, placed an important focus on care for disabled children. The Minister also welcomed the important systemic change such cases brought in areas such as Health, Education and Child Welfare.

The Minister concluded by saying that

I look forward to the Ombudsman for Children continuing to promote the welfare and rights of all children in Ireland during his second term of office.