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Youth held in private hospital room after being turned away from detention centres

A Limerick teenager facing several charges was turned away from local State detention centres last night and spent the night in a private room in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital under garda escort.

University Hospital Limerick, formerly known as the Mid-West Regional Hospital.
University Hospital Limerick, formerly known as the Mid-West Regional Hospital.
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A LIMERICK TEENAGER facing several charges was turned away from two State detention centres last night and spent the night in a private room in University Hospital Limerick under garda escort, TheJournal.ie has learned.

It is believed the 16-year-old boy was turned away from two detention centres due to a lack of space, and was brought to the hospital instead. He spent the night in a private room, with two gardaí outside the door.

There were a total of six patients on trolleys in the hospital last night, according to the INMO.

A representative of the Department of Children is understood to have been called to attend court on Monday in connection to the case.

A request for a statement from the Department of Children was not returned at the time of writing.

Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy

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