Fire brigade called to fire set by inmates at Oberstown

Oberstown Centre
Oberstown Centre

The Dublin Fire Brigade has extinguished a small fire deliberately set by three inmates of the juvenile detention facility at Oberstown in north County Dublin.

The fire was set after the inmates barricaded themselves in a room at the centre around midnight on Friday.

The alarm was immediately raised and the fire was quickly brought under control without further incident.

It was the latest in a string of dangerous incidents at the Detention Centre for young offenders.

At the end of 2015, staff threatened taking industrial action over the level of violence at the site.

An increase in assaults as well as a rise in "high-level" stand-offs were seen as the main reasons behind the proposed strike by staff at the €64m Oberstown campus.

An incident in December left a member of staff hospitalised after a young offender attacked several workers with the bracket of a TV frame.

That incident happened after a young offender returned to Oberstown from a court appearance.

He appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was placed under observation.

He collapsed the following morning and an ambulance was called.

However, he regained consciousness and attacked staff at the scene with the TV bracket. Paramedics believed the youth was too out of control and decided it was not safe to place him in the ambulance.

Experienced staff at the scene said it was one of the most violent assaults they had ever seen.