Thursday, 26 November 2009
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Question 178: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number and location on all places for remand, detention and assessment in relation to the youth justice system; the proposals for change; the location at which it is planned to provide such places in the future; the precise number concerned in respect of each of those categories. [43818/09]
Question 179: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of the existing remand, detention and assessment beds which will transfer to Oberstown in view of his plans to move the Finglas child and adolescent centre; the reason no discussions on these proposals have taken place in the Labour Relations Commission; if unions representing staff in Finglas have been informed of the proposals; and the manner in which staff in Finglas will have an input into plans for the transfer of existing services. [43819/09]
Question 180: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the plans for the use of the existing buildings in Finglas following the proposed transfer of services from the Finglas child and adolescent centre in 2010. [43820/09]
I refer the Deputy again to my response to Parliamentary Question No. 262 on 10 November, 2009.
I would just add that the four Schools have a total certified accommodation capacity of 77 beds of which 61 are currently operational. All four Schools provide both remand and committal beds and each can provide an assessment service, if requested by the courts, while a young person is on remand. There are a total of 16 remand and committal beds in the Finglas Child & Adolescent Centre with 11 of those beds occupied on Monday 23 November, 2009. I am informed by the Irish Youth Justice Service that there are sufficient surplus beds, both remand and committal, in Oberstown to accommodate children as the phased transfer from Finglas takes place.
I am also informed that discussions, facilitated by the Labour Relations Commission, commenced last Friday. Those discussions are focused on the closure of the Centre by the end of March, 2010, the transition to Oberstown, and the arrangements that need to be made. The site will then be returned to the Office of Public Works to determine its appropriate future use (as recommended by the Working Group).