Minister announces new plans for detention units for young offenders

Children’s Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, [pictured], today revealed that €50 million has been allocated towards the establishment of six new detention units for youth offenders.

The minister announced plans today for these new detention units, which brings to an end the detention of all boys aged 16 and 17 in St Patrick’s Institution in Dublin.

The detention of children in St Patrick’s Institution has been criticised by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

From May 1, all newly remanded or sentenced 16-year-olds will be detained in the children’s detention facilities at Oberstown, in Dublin.

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