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Oberstown Children’s Detention Campus, Lusk, Co Dublin.

A teenager who hit the director of a children’s detention centre on the head with a metal bar and smashed up the centre has been jailed for four years(...)

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”.(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone: has welcomed Hiqa’s “robust inspection process” around Oberstown. Photograph:  Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

Handcuffs were used on five children by staff members at Oberstown detention centre for purposes other than attendance at court, a report from the hea(...)

Pat Bergin, director,  Oberstown Children Detention Campus. Photograph: Eric Luke

Over one third of the young people detained in Oberstown Children Detention Campus have a “mental health need”, almost half are at risk of abuse or ne(...)

Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre’s outdoor basketball court. Photograph: Iain White

Two bare statistics about the Oberstown Children Detention Campus speak volumes: 55 boys and one girl. They are the August figures for the north Co Du(...)

Oberstown Children Detention Centre. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some children at Oberstown detention centre were forced to spend prolonged periods in isolation or “single separation”, a report by the State’s health(...)

Oberstown Youth Detention Centre in north Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí were called to deal with an incident at the Oberstown Youth Detention Centre earlier this week, the director of the centre has said. Pat Bergi(...)

Oberstown Youth Detention Centre in north Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins

One of two young offenders who escaped from Oberstown children’s detention campus on Monday night has been caught. A statement released by Oberstown(...)

 Oberstown Detention Centre, Co Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Gardaí are searching for two young offenders who escaped from Oberstown children’s detention campus on Monday night. Three youths took over a staff (...)

Oberstown Children Detention Campus: This week the facility, which can accommodate 48 inmates, had 36 boys within its fences. All are aged between 15 and 17. Photograph: Eric Luke

The youth detention centre in Oberstown, north Dublin, stands on a 25-acre campus in countryside near Lusk. Surrounded by high railings and imposing,(...)

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