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Coalition appoints Niall Muldoon as children's ombudsman

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Minister for Children James Reilly

Minister for Children James Reilly

Senator Jillian Van Turnhout

Senator Jillian Van Turnhout

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Minister for Children James Reilly

THE Government has appointed clinical psychologist Dr Niall Muldoon as the next Ombudsman for Children.

Dr Muldoon was selected to succeed Emily Logan as Ombudsman after an open recruitment process that attracted 97 applications in total.

The decision to appoint Dr Muldoon, who already works in the Office of Children's Ombudsman, means there will be no vacancy in the Seanad arising as a result.

Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout had been widely tipped to fill the vacant post given her extensive experience as a children's rights activist.

If she had been successful in her bid for the €120,000-per-year position, Ms van Turnhout would have been forced to immediately resign her position in the Upper House.

Sources close to Ms van Turnhout last night said she was "disappointed" having made it through a number of rounds of interviews.

It was confirmed yesterday that 97 applications were received for the post by the Public Appointments Service (PAS).

Announcing Dr Muldoon's appointment, Children's Minister James Reilly heralded the level of interest in the position.

"I am encouraged by the significant interest in the post of Ombudsman for Children. It is an integral part of an enhanced architecture in this State devoted to improving the lives of our children and young people," he said.

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