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Teenager hospitalised after 'vicious' attack in child detention centre

Three staff who tried to intervene were also injured.

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Updated: 22.28

A TEENAGER WAS treated in hospital after he was attacked by another detainee at Oberstown child detention centre last night.

Three staff who tried to intervene were also injured in the incident and had to receive medical attention.

It’s understood that the attacker used a broken cup as a weapon.

All of those who required medical attention have now been released from hospital.

The incident has been referred to the gardaí and they are investigating the circumstances.

Campus Manager, Patrick Bergin, said the campus is in the process of organising support services for young people and staff and the situation will be kept under review.

It’s reported that the attacker is one of the teenagers who escaped in July and was recaptured earlier this month.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Children Robert Troy described the incident as “extremely worrying”.

“The vicious assault that took place shows us that neither inmates nor the staff are safe at the facility as it currently stands.

“Representatives of workers at the centre have pointed out that alarms failed to trigger and there is serious concern amongst staff regarding the level of training that they have received to deal with incidents such as this.”

- with reporting by Órla Ryan

Read: Four teenagers broke out of a €56 million child detention facility>

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