Jennifer Whitmore TD

Dr Muldoon deserves support, not platitudes, from the Government 

The Government must act immediately to address the range of issues identified in the Ombudsman for Children’s 2022 report, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore.

Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on children, said:

“Today’s report, based on over 1,800 complaints received last year, confirms that children across the country continue to be failed by the State on multiple levels.

“It is clear from the report’s findings that Ireland is starting to fall behind when it comes to children’s rights, with concerns across a range of areas, including education, poverty and mental health.

“Serious shortcomings in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are again highlighted. This comes just weeks after a survey published by the Children’s Ombudsman revealed that six in ten children experienced difficulties accessing CAMHS, with almost 12,000 now waiting for primary care psychology services.

“The Children’s Ombudsman, Dr Niall Muldoon, should be commended for his excellent work and dedication to child welfare issues. However, he deserves action, not platitudes, from the Government.

“The Taoiseach previously said he wants Ireland to be the best country in Europe in which to be a child. He also vowed to set up a child poverty unit within his department.

“We are growing tired of these headline grabbing statements. The Government needs to act on Dr Muldoon’s findings and ensure that this report does not end up on a shelf like previous ones.”

May 16, 2023

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