Dr. Niall Muldoon appointed as Ireland’s next Ombudsman for Children

Pictured: Dr. Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, receiving his Warrant of Appointment from President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin

Pictured: Dr. Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, receiving his Warrant of Appointment from President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin

Speaking following his appointment as Ireland’s next Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon said:

“I am extremely honoured to have been chosen to become the second Ombudsman for Children in Ireland and I am excited about building on the huge achievements of the Office to date.

“My predecessor, Ms. Emily Logan, built the Office from nothing and she deserves great credit because it now stands as a strong, credible and independent beacon for children all over the country.

“As Ombudsman for Children, I am looking forward to the next six years and ensuring that all children are fully heard and their best interests are placed at the heart of decision-making.

“As we begin to emerge from years of recession, there is a very positive opportunity at this time, to promote the rights and welfare of all children.  By aiming to create a more child friendly administration across the Public Service we can ensure that children are to the forefront of the thoughts of decision makers in all areas of public life.

Pictured: Dr. Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, President Michael D. Higgins, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly T.D.

Pictured: Dr. Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, President Michael D. Higgins, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly T.D.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the dedicated team in the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, towards ensuring that Ireland is a place where the rights of children are seen as an immediate consideration in every decision taken by Public Bodies, rather than as an afterthought.”