Strike planned by Oberstown staff deferred following violent riot at detention centre
Published 02/09/2016 | 17:28
Industrial action planned by staff at the Oberstown detention centre for next Monday has been deferred in the wake of the violent scenes which erupted earlier this week.
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has visited the centre this afternoon to view the damage caused by a fire on Monday night and meet with workers.
It is believed that around €2m worth of damage was done to the facility by the fire which was started after a riot.
The incident that led to the riot and fire occurred while staff were outside the north Dublin centre protesting about attacks, injuries and fears for their lives.
While the protest was in operation, the young offenders were forced to remain in their rooms being monitored by other staff.
But the offenders used the protest to their advantage when one requested refreshments, and a staff member who brought them was threatened, overpowered at the door and had their keys taken.
The offender was then able to free others who then took over the accommodation block.
A staff member was overpowered and threatened with boiling water.
Another protest was planned for next Monday but a spokesperson for Ms Zappone told Independent.ie is has been deferred to allow for talks.
The minister took a tour of Oberstown this afternoon “to seek firm assurances that the daily routine of young people will not be impacted into the future”.