Monday 23 October 2017

Places promised for young offenders

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

NEW Children's Minister Charlie Flanagan has promised that court concerns over a lack of detention places for young offenders will be addressed with the opening of new spaces at Oberstown campus this year.

Construction work is under way to overhaul the outdated Oberstown campus for young offenders in Lusk, north Dublin, so teens are no longer detained in the country's adult facilities.

Last summer, Ms Justice Ann Ryan moved to summon the office of then Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald to the Dublin Children's Court due to a lack of places for a 16-year- old offender at the national children's detention centre.

Mr Flanagan yesterday insisted that the €56.4m redevelopment by BAM Building Ltd was on track to open the first phase later this year.

It is understood the transfer of 17-year-old boys from the adult facility of St Patrick's will be the priority when new residential units are completed.

Irish Independent

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