Clare Daly TD Condemns Delay in Publication of Prison Report
The Inspector of prisons Judge Michael Reilly submitted a damning report on the treatment of young prisoners at St Patrick’s Institution for young offenders. This report was submitted to the Minister for Justice three and a half months ago. The report published yesterday has been described by the Minister as shocking. It can hardly still be shocking over three months later.
Priory Hell was displayed on many posters on Saturday’s demonstration by the families and supporters of the Priory Hall residents, who were forced to evacuate their homes one year ago this week. It was generally accepted by those in attendance that failure of Government and Council has played a huge role in the plight of the Priory Hall evacuees.
Speaking to the crowd at Saturday’s protest, outside the railings of their former homes, Graham Usher, of the campaign group, described how the system had failed them. For the last twelve months, 256 residents have been in limbo with regard to the homes they purchased from developer Tom McFeely. Usher was eager to stress that it was too simplistic to merely point the finger at McFeely, who walked away scot free from this debacle. The government, banks, and city council have all been complicit in the speculation that drove the housing boom.
St. Michael’s House Facing crisis due to on-going Budget Cutbacks.
Funding for St. Michael’s House has been cut back by €11.2 million since 2008, the organisation now facing into a fifth year of cuts, is deeply concerned about its ability to maintain its services.
Patricia Doherty, the Chief Executive of the North East region, stated that the group were calling in families from all over the country to discuss the implications of further cuts in December’s budget. Over 150 worried parents attended a meeting in Ballymun this week to be told how further cutbacks may impact on their families. Many angry parents were preparing to launch a pre-budget campaign to defend the services at St. Michael’s House.