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Sunday 20 April 2014

Ruling frees seven young offenders

The Oberstown detention centre in Lusk, which is to be redeveloped.

Seven young offenders are being released from a detention centre immediately after a landmark court ruling.

In the High Court yesterday, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan ruled that all offenders held at Oberstown in Lusk, north county Dublin, were entitled to remission of one-quarter of their sentence for good behaviour.

The decision led to an announcement by Children and Youth Affairs Minister Frances Fitzgerald that arrangements were being made immediately to set free seven offenders.

Two were released directly after the hearing and a decision on the other five was reached on the basis of legal advice following the judgment.

Robert Barron, for the school, asked Judge Hogan if his ruling meant all those in Oberstown who had reached three-quarters of their sentence would be released. The judge said it did.

He made the comments after ordering the release of a 17-year-old boy from Oberstown who, the judge said, was entitled to have been released on November 26 last under remission rules.

The school was granted a stay on an award of costs against it, pending an appeal over that issue.

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