Saturday 18 November 2017

Children’s watchdog attacks conditions at juvenile prison

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

The Children's Ombudsman has expressed serious concerns about the welfare of young people in St Patrick's Institution.

Emily Logan said a group of about 25-30 teenagers of age 17 remain in the institution which shares grounds with Mountjoy.

Describing it as an "awful prison" Ms Logan said it was an inappropriate environment - pointing out the UN has criticised Ireland for its continued incarceration of children.

"The young people themselves have expressed concern for their safety there," she said.

She was speaking at the launch of the annual report of the Children's Ombudsman. It found complaints to the office rose by over a fifth in the last year.

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