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Peter McVerry Trust welcomes decision to close St Patrick’s Institution
Peter McVerry Trust, the charity working with homeless youths, has welcomed the announcement by Minister Alan Shatter that St Patrick’s Institution for young offenders is to close.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “We welcome the closure of St Patrick’s Institution, a move that Peter McVerry Trust has long advocated for. We do however, have concerns regarding the decision to detain young offenders at Wheatfield prison but note the commitment given by the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and the Director of the Irish Prison Service Michael Donnellan that this will be a temporary measure.”
“Peter McVerry Trust is now calling on the Government to dedicate all necessary resources to ensure that the purpose built facility at the Oberstown campus opens at the earliest opportunity. We cannot allow a situation to arise whereby youths become detained for a long periods of time in facilities that were designed for short term use.”