Monday 23 October 2017

They'll assault you if you burn the toast, says Oberstown worker

Staff at Ireland's new youth detention facility are 'worn out' coping with feral youngsters

Plans: Then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
Frances Fitzgerald and then Minister of State Brian Hayes in 2013 being shown plans for the National Children Detention Facility in Oberstown by Leo Harmon of BAM builders in 2013.
Plans: Then Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald and then Minister of State Brian Hayes in 2013 being shown plans for the National Children Detention Facility in Oberstown by Leo Harmon of BAM builders in 2013.
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Ireland's only youth detention facility is a powder keg ready to blow, according to a veteran youth care worker.

More than a fortnight after three out of four youths who absconded from the Oberstown Centre in Lusk, north county Dublin remain at large, a member of staff at the facility said conditions are now so volatile that it's only a matter of time before a staff member or inmate is killed.

Speaking exclusively to the Sunday Independent on condition of anonymity, the worker, Sean*, said he has never seen anything like the level of violence at the facility - even though it's technically not a prison and staff are not prison guards who would be trained to deal with violent offenders.

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