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Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan
Emily Logan is Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children. She was appointed to this position by our Head of State, Her Excellency, President Mary McAleese, following an open competition and interview process involving fifteen children and three adults. On 18th December 2009 she was re-appointed for a second term of six years.
Emily Logan has spent 30 years working with or on behalf of children. Having originally trained as a paediatric nurse in Dublin’s Temple Street University Hospital, she spent ten years in the UK working at Great Ormond Street hospital, holding both clinical and laterally, the senior management position as Manager of the medical directorate.
She returned to Ireland where for six years preceding her appointment she held two senior positions in public administration; Director of Nursing at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and later Director of Nursing at Tallaght Hospital.
The Office is one of a growing number of international offices dedicated to the safeguarding of children’s rights through independent investigation of public bodies, with a total of 40 across Council of Europe member states. In 2008 she was appointed by her peers as President of the European Network of Ombudsmen for Children and remains on the executive.
Her academic achievements include:
- LLM in Human Rights Law
- MBA in Health Services Management
- MSc in Psychology