The Ombudsman for Children’s Office celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014.

Emily Logan

Emily Logan was Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children. She was first appointed in December 2003 and in 2009 she was re-appointed for a second term of six years. After ten years as the Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan stepped down from the role to become the first Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission..

“It has been a privilege to serve as Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children for the past decade. It was a remarkable experience for me both personally and professionally, and I believe that my Office made an important contribution to the promotion and protection of children’s rights during this time.” – Emily Logan

Dr Niall Muldoon was appointed Ireland’s second Ombudsman for Children by President Michael D Higgins on 17 February 2015 you can read more here.

Farmleigh – April 25th 2014

To celebrate ten years of the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO), a special symposium was hosted by the OCO in Farmleigh on the 25th of April. The symposium was a huge success and brought together some of the key figures involved with Children’s Rights. The event featured key speakers, Kirsten Sandberg – Chair UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Fergus Finlay – CEO, Barnardos, Prof. Ursula Kilkelly – Professor of Children’s Rights, Head of Business and Law. University College Cork and Kevin Bakhurst – Deputy Director – General RTÉ, Managing Director RTÉ News and Current Affairs.  The Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan also gave an opening address reflecting on ten years in the role of Ombudsman for Children.

Emily Logan, Frances Fitzgerald, Ursula Kilkelly, Catherine McGuinness, Kirsten Sandberg, Fergus Finlay and Tanya Ward sum up the ten years of the Ombudsman for Children’s Office and the resulting progress that has been made for children’s rights in Ireland. For more videos from the event please see our video channel.

One of the highlights of the days event was the performance of “Shield” by Ellen and Carla who stunned the crowd with a brilliant rendition of the song.