IRC welcome the appointment of Dr Niall Muldoon and his commitment to seeing all children treated equally, regardless of their status

Posted On: February 13, 2015

Media Statement, 13 Feb 2015

This morning the new Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon, made clear his commitment to prioritise the protection of children in the Direct Provision system and in detention. The Irish Refugee Council would like to congratulate Dr Muldoon on his new appointment and look forward to working with him to ensure that all children in Ireland can exercise their rights equally and avail of the protections in place to safeguard them.

“The Irish Refugee Council will continue to seek an end to the system that has become known as Direct Provision on the grounds that the system itself is not in the interests of children. But in any asylum reception system, access for children to the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman is essential and we welcome Dr Muldoon’s commitment to all children in Ireland, regardless of their status”, said Sue Conlan, CEO of the Irish Refugee Council.

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Notes

Sue Conlan is available for interview
The Outsiders – Our Teenage Life Behind Barriers (Radio documentary made by two young girls living in Direct Provision, 2015)
President says direct provision system ‘totally unsatisfactory’ (2014)
Seventh Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection (pg. 56, 2014)
IHREC Policy Statement on System of Direct Provision (2014)
Address to Seanad Éireann by Ms Catherine McGuinness (June, 2014)
Dealing with Asylum Seekers: Why Have We Gone Wrong? (Emily Logan, Former Ombudsman for Children, 2013)
State Sanctioned Child Poverty and Exclusion, The case of children in state accommodation for asylum seekers (2012)