Troubled teenager missing from care of HSE
AN out of control teenager who was turned away from a detention centre because there was no bed for him has disappeared from HSE care after absconding from one of the country's busiest hospitals.
The 16-year-old, described by his father as a danger to himself and others, failed to appear yesterday before Limerick District Court where he faces a number of criminal charges.
An official from the Department of Children attended to explain why the State could not provide the boy with secure accommodation after he was remanded in custody last week.
Judge Eugene O'Kelly said it was like "pass the parcel, except this is a young person you are talking about".
The boy is on remand on two burglary charges and one charge of handling stolen goods. He is also due before the Circuit Court in connection with a more serious matter.
Last Thursday he was taken under garda escort to Oberstown Detention Facility in Co Dublin, but was turned away.
He was returned to Limerick around midnight and was held overnight in a cell at Henry Street garda station.
On Friday he was taken to Dublin, but again returned to Limerick. He spent the night at the Mid Western Regional Hospital. At a special sitting of Ennis District Court on Saturday he was freed on bail.
The judge yesterday issued a bench warrant for his arrest and said Oberstown and the HSE were to be notified if the warrant was executed.