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Thursday 26 January 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Niall Muldoon

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# Homelessness
Government has 'lost its way' on child poverty, says Ombudsman for Children
Ireland is one of just five other EU countries that has had above average numbers of children at risk of poverty for ten consecutive years.
# Children's Rights
Ombudsman for Children criticises Government and declares 2020 a 'devastating year' for young people
The OCO said most complaints were centred around education in 2020 and particularly associated with the Leaving Certificate.
# Children's Rights
Children with disabilities waiting years for assessment a violation of their rights, committee to be told
Over 6,000 children are currently overdue an assessment of their needs.
# Investigation
Child with profound disability left in hospital for two years after HSE and Tusla unable to secure care for him
The child suffered brain damage and significant life-changing injuries in 2016.
# Covid-19
Some school children returning and others not 'would be discrimination' - Children's Ombudsman
Schools have been closed since 12 March as part of efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.
# Niall Muldoon
Children's ombudsman calls on government to clarify plans for Junior and Leaving Cert exams
Schools across the country remain closed ahead of this year’s exams in June.
# Politics and Society
Leaving Cert students sat the first ever Politics exam today - here's what was in it
A tweet from Leo Varadkar featured on the first ever exam.
# scoliosis
'The damage is done, a piece of his spine will have to be removed'
Tommy Long is one of over 200 children waiting for scoliosis surgery in Ireland.
# State Care
Foster kids without homes made vulnerable by HSE inspection issues
A new investigation by the Ombudsman for Children has shed light on the situation.
# underage prisoners
Intimidation and forced stripping: St Patrick's Institution will FINALLY close today
The facility began housing underage prisoners in the 1980s, in what was supposed to be a temporary measure.
# New Job
97 people wanted to be the new Ombudsman for Children, but this man got the job
Dr Niall Muldoon has been working in child protection for 20 years.
# Child Protection
Complaints to Children's Ombudsman have increased by 15% since 2010
One particular investigation showed that a child had been moved to 11 different residencies in 4 months.