Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs, Anne Rabbitte TD has called for an urgent convening of the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs to discuss the emergency situation at Oberstown detention campus.
In a letter to members, Deputy Rabbitte said, “I am writing to you to request that there be an emergency convening of the Committee to discuss recent events at the centre.
“The frequency of violent events at the facility over the past month poses a very serious threat to detainees at Oberstown, staff and the public at large.
“Several units at the facility have been destroyed by fire and vandalism over the summer, resulting in millions of euro in damage. Just last night three detainees escaped from their rooms and destroyed sleeping quarters at the facility.
“The situation at the centre constitutes an emergency and requires immediate attention.
“From my own investigations on this issue, I believe at the root of the problem is a breakdown in communication and trust between management and staff at the facility.
“In light of concerns and recent controversy a review of operations was ordered this week, however, I believe that we must convene a committee hearing as soon as possible on this issue.
“Furthermore, it is essential to hear from those on the front line of these services and therefore invite the Campus Director, Mr Pat Bergin, as well as senior managers and staff representatives to appear before the committee.
“In the interest of all involved, an appropriate solution must be reached as a matter of urgency.” added Deputy Rabbitte.