Why would anyone vote for the state to take children into care when they can even look after them at the moment!
A culture of bullying and fear outlined in a report on St Patrick's Institution for Young Offenders has been "brought to an end", Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said.
The report, by the Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly, also raised concerns about cases of degradation and an intimidation by some staff in the institution “where the human rights of some prisoners, including children, are being ignored or violated”.
The report states that some teenage and young adult prisoners who could be described as “vulnerable” were being especially targeted in the Dublin jail, which houses up to 231 prisoners aged 16 to 21.
Speaking this morning, Mr Shatter said "a substantial programme of reform" had been put in place at St Patrick's and "the vast majority" of this had been implemented.
"By 2014, it is hoped to have all 17-year-olds out of St Patrick's Institution and the target date for getting also 18 to 21-year-olds out of the institution and dealing with matters within that prison very differently is also 2014," Mr Shatter told RTÉ's Morning Ireland.