Thursday, 4 February 2010
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
Question 48: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his plans for a new national children's detention facility; when such a detention facility will become operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5603/10]
Barry Andrews (Minister of State with special responsibility for Children and Young People, Department of Health and Children; Minister of State, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Minister of State, Department of Education and Science; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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In March 2008, the Government approved the development of new national children detention facilities on the Oberstown campus near Lusk, Co. Dublin. The Office of Public Works has been charged with designing the new facilities and managing the procurement of the construction stage of the project. The design stage is well advanced with both concept and sketch designs having been completed. Consultation with the planning authorities to determine the appropriate planning mechanism to be used is now underway and work will commence shortly on developing detailed designs in consultation with the various stakeholders so that Request for Tenders documentation for construction can be prepared.
The completion date for the new facilities will be subject to the planning process to be followed but it is hoped, subject to any requirements that the planning authorities may have, that Phase 1 could be completed by mid-2013. The Deputy will be aware, however, that tendering for the construction of the new facilities will be subject to Government approval and to the necessary funding being made available.