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# Ombudsman

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# grants
Students were "put through the mill" by SUSI
The Ombudsman is dealing with more than 50 complaints from third level students about the new grant-allocating body SUSI.
# Student Grants
SUSI 'working closely' with the Ombudsman on student grant complaints
A total of 55 cases of complaints against the grant system were accepted by the Ombudsman with 34 of them still open.
# Ombudsman
Woman who died in hospital was unattended for 7 hours before her death
The case was one of 3,412 complaints made to the Ombudsman last year about certain public bodies.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday
Everyone’s talking about the government asking Facebook for users’ information and intervention in Syria.
# public airing
Banks will be 'named and shamed' over complaints from now on
Financial service providers who have at least three complaints against them substantiated will be named by the Financial Sevices Ombudsman.
# Ombudsman
Boy who would have "been in a wheelchair until he's dead" to have costs paid by HSE
The Office of the Ombudsman for children heard that the HSE had withdrawn funding for a boy born with severe limb abnormalities to travel abroad for treatment.
# The Banks
Howlin: It's very worrying that banks aren't taking the Ombudsman seriously
Brendan Howlin was responding to the criticism of the banks by the Financial Ombudsman yesterday.
# Successor
Want to be the next Ombudsman? Search to replace Emily O'Reilly begins
With O’Reilly taking up her new role as European Ombudsman in the autumn, the government is now considering who to replace her and seeking expressions of interest.
# Gardaí
169 gardaí found in breach of discipline last year
Over €62,000 in monetary penalties were imposed on gardaí found to be in breach last year.
# Investigation
Ombudsman investigates death of young man in Dungarvan Garda station
The man in his early 20s was found dead in the station shortly before 11am this morning.
# Freedom of Information
Brendan Howlin "had to fight a battle" for new Freedom of Information law
NAMA, the Central Bank and An Garda Siochána will all be subject to Freedom of Information laws for the first time – but it took some doing.
# Student Grants
Students can complain to the Ombudsman over grant problems
Some 400 application appeals are still outstanding, but the body handling grant applications says that it is ‘confident’ that mistakes won’t be repeated.
# Investigation
Garda Ombudsman fines off-duty garda over collision
An investigation by the Garda Ombudsman heard that the garda left the scene of the collision and returned later in a different vehicle.
# Asylum Seekers
Ombudsman: Our treatment of asylum seekers is unacceptable
Over a third of people in Direct Provision refuges have been there for more than five years.
# Winning
Next stop Strasbourg: Emily O'Reilly wins vote to become new EU Ombudsman
Emily O’Reilly was declared the new EU Ombudsman after a close election battle.
# Ombudsman
Ireland's Ombudsman may be on track to take over as European Ombudsman
After the first round of voting yesterday, Emily O’Reilly was tied at the top with Dutch politician Ria Oomen-Ruijten.
# Ombudsman
HSE had 'no proper basis' to refuse payment for woman and suicidal daughter
Kileni, who fled South Africa after the murder of her husband and suffered Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, waited over a year for the payment awarded to her.
# Ombudsman
Callinan: Informants are "difficult to handle"
The Garda Commissioner made the comments after a Garda Ombudsman probe into alleged collusion of members of the force with a known drug dealer.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added terrible (and expensive) rooms for rent
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Alleged Collusion
Gardaí 'delayed' giving evidence in informant collusion probe
Minister Alan Shatter wants to convene a meeting with the Ombudsman and the Commissioner following an investigation into accusations of collusion between a member of the force and a convicted drug dealer.
# Ombudsman
Children in care more likely to be 'suspended, excluded and leave school early'
“Given that there are currently 6,300 children in the care of the State – a relatively small number”, Emily Logan believes more should be done to support them.
# Ombudsman
Children's Ombudsman gains power to oversee 180 new state bodies
Legislation taking effect today gives Emily Logan the power to investigate the treatment of children by a slew of new agencies.
# mobility allowance
Oireachtas committee 'concerned at difficulties between Health Dept and Ombudsman'
They have now called on a member of the Department of Health to address their concerns about
# Health
'Every other option was illegal' - Minister defends disability payments cut
Junior health minister Kathleen Lynch could provide no guarantees as to what will happen to the payments to those in receipt of the Mobility Allowance when it is axed in four months time.
# mobility allowance
'A sick bureaucratic monster' - Department slammed after disability payments axed
The government confirmed last night that it will axe the Mobility Allowance and the Motorised Transport Grant because it would be too costly to widen the schemes to ensure compliance with equality laws.
# Disability
Ombudsman: Department of Health is disregarding the law
Emily O’Reilly was speaking about the department’s decision not to remove age limits on allowances for people with severe disability.
# Roads
Garda Ombudsman appeals for witnesses to Dublin road accident
A man has been hospitalised after he was hit by a car being driven by an off-duty garda on Sunday evening.
# Drogheda
Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission investigate death in Drogheda
It is seeking witnesses to the incident, which occurred at North Strand this morning.
# mobility allowance
Reilly may be called before Oireachtas committee over mobility allowance
Meanwhile, ALONE and the Disability Federation of Ireland have criticised the government for the ‘illegal’ age limit on the mobility allowance.
# Equality
Department of Health 'illegally' put age limit on disability allowance
The Ombudsman found that the 66-year age limit on Mobililty Allowance Scheme for people with a severe disability has been illegal – and the department has known this for the past four years.
# Reform
Ombudsman's role to be extended as Oireachtas approves reform bill
The government has billed the legislation as the “most significant expansion” of the Ombudsman’s powers in 30 years.
# Children
Complaints to Children's Ombudsman rose by over 20 per cent last year
The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan said that her office was highlighting cases which were likely to lead to systemic change.
# Defence Forces
Government criticised over Defence Force allowances and Ombudsman downgrade
PDFORRA has said members are not entitled to overtime and so allowances are part of core pay.
# Complaints
5pc spike in complaints to Financial Services Ombudsman
3,700 people lodged complaints with Bill Prasifka’s office in the first half of 2012 – a 5 per cent increase in last year.
# Children
Ombudsman: Children's rights referendum won't bring "radical change"
Emily Logan said she had seen a “cautious approach” taken to any change in the constitution in the past.
# Children
Children's Ombudsman criticises application of 'in camera' rule on child cases
Emily Logan also said her office met with “resistance” when investigating children in care.
# CHildren first
Ombudsman to discuss Children First Bill with Oireachtas Health Committee
Emily Logan is to give her input ahead of the drafting of the legislation.