70% Of Children At Oberstown Detention Centre Have Drug And Alcohol Issues

A new report shows a third of detainees have suffered the loss of a parent.

A new report found 71% of children in Oberstown Detention Centre had issues with drugs, alcohol or other substances. 

According to its 2019 annual report, a third of kids had suffered the loss of at least one parent. 

A quarter were on mental-health medication and a fifth were Travellers. 

John Lonergan, former governor of Portlaoise and Mountjoy Prisons, says he's not surprised by the new findings:

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