Oberstown

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The use of solitary confinement in Oberstown, known as “single separation”, has dropped dramatically. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Reports of disciplinary incidents at the State’s only child detention facility have more than doubled in the last two years. Since 2016 the number of(...)

Damien Hernan, deputy director at Oberstown, which is home to some of Ireland’s most troubled  children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

At the back of every block in Oberstown – Ireland’s secure place to hold troubled, violent children – is a bleak little room completely devoid of furn(...)

Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Pat Bergin talks more like a social worker than someone in charge of a detention facility. He doesn’t speak about crimes but “challenging behaviour”.(...)

During the first quarter of 2017 there were 69 people in the Oberstown facility in north Dublin, all of them males aged 13-18.

More than half of the children detained in the State’s youth detention facility at the start of last year had lost one or both parents. During the fi(...)

The Oberstown youth detention facility in north Co Dublin.

Significant fire safety risks, staff shortages and the unsafe administration of medication were among the failings found at the State’s child detentio(...)

Oberstown youth detention facility in Co Dublin.

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident at the Oberstown youth detention facility on Wednesday, in which a teenager and sev(...)

Oberstown is the setting for a new child detention campus which will accommodate teenage offenders who until recently have been placed in St Patrick’s Institution, a wing of Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: The Irish Times

Inspectors have raised concern that young people in a State-run child detention school are being routinely isolated in locked rooms to help manage dis(...)