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Oberstown director injured during youth escape from campus says the centre is a 'constant challenge'

“It provided a stark reminder of the constant challenges an environment like Oberstown presents us with.”

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after two people escaped from a youth detention centre in Dublin.

Three residents of the north Dublin facility took over a staff office on Monday night, injuring three staff in the process. One of the injured included Pat Bergin, the centre’s director.

The three assaulted a staff member and took a swipe card from them. They then made their way to a maintenance lockup and stole a sledge-hammer and an angle grinder.
Two youths escaped from the facility, using an angle grinder to cut through the perimeter fence of the campus.

Speaking about the incident Oberstown Director Pat Bergin said it happened on the same day that an event – Oberstown: Building the Future – was held to mark the first anniversary since the Oberstown campus was established.

While taking time to acknowledge progress we were immediately confronted with the unpredictable nature of work at the campus. We will always face challenges and we are committed to our efforts to improve.

“It provided a stark reminder of the constant challenges an environment like Oberstown presents us with.”

He added that until 30 May there had been no major incident at the campus in seven months, saying, “This is progress. It will continue.”

“Our ambition is to ensure that Oberstown achieves the highest level of safe and appropriate care and adheres to international standards and best practice. This is an ongoing process.”

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