Friday, 16 September 2016
Department of Justice and Equality
Child Detention Centres
146. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of boys detained each month on remand in St. Patrick's Institution since the enactment of the Children (Amendment) Bill 2015, giving child detention schools the responsibility for all children on remand or under sentence; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25652/16]
I wish to inform the deputy that the number of boys detained each month on remand in Saint Patrick's since the enactment of the Children Amendment Bill 2015 is set out in the table.
Total on Remand
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs made the necessary orders under the Children Act 2001 to transfer responsibility for newly remanded 17 year old males to Oberstown from 30 March 2015. However, for legal reasons, it has been necessary to retain St Patrick’s Institution on a contingency basis for remands awaiting places in Oberstown. The courts have on occasion remanded 16 and 17 year olds to St Patrick’s for short periods until places in Oberstown become available.