Ombudsman for Children wishes students luck ahead of exams

Students with learning difficulties are to be highly commended for their commitment

The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon, has wished all students beginning exams tomorrow the very best of luck, particularly those with learning difficulties who face additional challenges.“Exams are extremely stressful for everyone and I would like to wish all students starting their exams tomorrow the very best of luck.

“I am particularly mindful of students with learning difficulties who face additional challenges during exam periods. With the right supports, we know that these students can reach their full potential.

“The Leaving Certificate, and indeed the Junior Certificate, are significant milestones in a young persons’ life but I would encourage all students, as well as their families, teachers and friends to take some time during this busy period to consider their mental well-being.

“Anxiety, depression and stress are common among those sitting exams. Young people need to know that this is normal and that many others are feeling the exact same.  There is a huge amount of pressure to do well and while exams are important, there will be lots of other opportunities and possibilities.

“I hope everyone sitting the Junior and Leaving Certificate achieve the goals they have set for themselves. All anyone can do is their very best.”


Aoife Carragher
Communications Manager
Ombudsman for Children’s Office
01 8656806/ 087 1481473

Notes to Editor

  • The Ombudsman for Children’s Office is an independent statutory body with an overall mandate to promote the rights and welfare of children under the age of 18 living in Ireland.
  • Among the Ombudsman for Children’s core statutory functions is the independent and impartial investigation of complaints made by, or on behalf of, children in relation to public bodies, as well as organisations providing services on behalf of the State.