Dr Niall Muldoon is Ireland’s second Ombudsman for Children. He was appointed to this position on February 17th 2015 by the Head of State, His Excellency, President Michael D. Higgins, following an open competition and interview process involving children and adults. As Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Muldoon is directly accountable to the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Ombudsman for Children's Office (OCO) deals with complaints by, or on behalf of, young people about public bodies such as the Heath Service Executive, schools, voluntary hospitals and children's prisons. The OCO has also carried out key research into issues in St Patrick's Institution, a former prison for young offenders.