Press Release

Minister Lenihan announces the new Ombudsman for Children

Brian Lenihan, T.D., Minister for Children, today (16/12/03) announced that the Government has nominated Ms Emily Logan to be appointed by the President as the first Irish Ombudsman for Children.

Emily Logan is the Director of Nursing at the Adelaide & Meath Hospital incorporating the National Children´s Hospital, Tallaght. Previously, she held the position of Director of Nursing at Our Lady´s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. She was also Directorate Manager at Great Ormond Hospital for Children in London. Ms Logan holds an MBA in Health Service Management and an MSC in Health Psychology.

Ms Emily Logan´s name will be brought forward to the Dail and the Seanad tomorrow, and following a resolution of both houses of the Oireachtas, the appointment will be made by the President on Thursday.

Minister Lenihan stated “I am delighted that Ms Logan´s name is now going forward to the Oireachtas and I am sure that she will make an excellent Ombudsman, bringing a great level of commitment, experience and energy to this position.”

“The process of appointing the Ombudsman for Children was extremely innovative, involving children and young people in all aspects. I would like to thank in particular the children and young people who put so much time and effort into their work on the recruitment. I think they are to be congratulated on their input and I am sure they are delighted with the outcome.”

“The recruitment process, which was run by the Civil and Local Appointments Commission on behalf of the Department of Health and Children, involved children and young people in the drafting of the person spec, the drawing up of the advertisement and then in the selection process itself. Each candidate was interviewed by a board of children and young people. They then took part in role plays with young people before having an interview with a board comprising both adults and young people. I am delighted to be able to announce this appointment today”.