Thursday, April 04, 2013

Doherty welcomes expanded remit for children’s Ombudsman

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement that the Ombudsman for Children’s remit will be expanded at the end of this month to include a wide range of State bodies that were previously outside the investigatory remit of the Ombudsman’s office.

“I warmly welcome today’s announcement which will expand the remit of the Ombudsman for Children to include a number of State bodies which previously did not fall under its remit, under the Ombudsman (Amendment) Act 2012. It also means that public bodies that are established or reconstituted in the future will be automatically included under the Ombudsman’s remit.

“This is another important step forward in ensuring our children receive all the protection and assistance that they need to get the challenges they face in life. There are many parents across the country who have been struggling for years trying to have issues relating to their children investigated by an independent body, but because the agencies they were dealing with did not fall within the remit of the children’s Ombudsman, their cries were falling on deaf ears.

“I would particularly like to acknowledge the inclusion of the National Council for Special Education under the Ombudsman for Children. This is a matter close to my heart and I am delighted that parents will now have recourse for issues relating to their children with special needs.”

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