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Newly appointed Ombudsman for Children welcomed by Sandra McLellan TD

11 February, 2015

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children Sandra McLellan T.D. has congratulated Dr Niall Muldoon on his nomination as the new Ombudsman for Children, outlining his suitability to the role as well as highlighting the importance on the position in safeguarding the protection of children. 

Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy McLellan said:

“I would like to congratulate Doctor Niall Muldoon on behalf of our party in Sinn Féin on his nomination as the new Ombudsman for Children. His commitment to child protection, having worked in the area for nearly 20 years, is abundantly clear. The work of the Office of the Ombudsman for Children is crucial for providing a voice to children within this state and ensuring their protection.

“In the past ten years the Office has dealt with 10,000 complaints from children and families. They have engaged with numerous public bodies and service providers and have achieved numerous positive outcomes from investigations. They have commented on and influenced significant pieces of legislation relating to children.

“Due to the establishment of the new Child and Family Agency, the Office submitted to the Oireachtas an analysis of a number of investigations in the area of children in care, highlighting highlight reoccurring and systemic issues.  

“The Provision of Services for Children in Care has also formed a significant part of the Office’s work. Children in the care of the State and how they are looked after by the HSE has been a regular source of complaint to the Office. The Office has fought to protect the rights of these children and has also done much work for children living in Direct Provision centres

“The work of the Ombudsman for Children and the Office at large cannot be emphasised enough. I wish Mr. Muldoon well on the many challenges ahead and very much look forward to working with him in the future.”

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