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Minister Zappone announces appointment of new Oberstown Children Detention Campus Board of Management

Friday 12th July 2019

· Re-appointment of Professor Ursula Kilkelly as Chairperson of Oberstown Board of Management confirmed

· Remaining Board positions filled in accordance with Children Act 2001 and Guidelines for Appointment of State Boards

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD, has announced the appointment of a new Board of Management for the Oberstown Children Detention School.

The Minister confirms the re-appointment of Professor Ursula Kilkelly of the School of Law, University College Cork to the position of Chairperson of the Oberstown Board for a period of four years. Professor Kilkelly is a leading expert in Ireland and internationally on issues relating to the detention of children.

Making the announcement Minister Zappone said: “I would like to thank the members of the previous Board and the Chairperson Professor Ursula Kilkelly for all the work they did in overseeing a considerable time of change in Oberstown since June 2016. This period saw the ending of the practice of detaining juveniles in adult prison facilities and the transfer of 17-year-old males, committed to a period of detention, to the Oberstown Campus. I would also like to thank them for their commitment to good governance and striving to achieve a safe and secure facility for this particularly vulnerable cohort of children”.

The Minister has also appointed twelve other members to the Board as follows;

Name Appointment Term
Mr. Tadgh Delaney DCYA (Re-appointment) 4 years
Mr. Eamon Clavin DES (Re-appointment) 4 years
Mr. Pat Rooney Local resident (Re-appointment) 3 years
Ms. Elizabeth Howard Local resident (Re-appointment) 3 years
Mr. Laoise Manners Staff (Re-appointment) 2 years
Mr. Craig Mulligan Staff 2 years
Ms. Linda Creamer Tusla (Re-appointment) 4 years
Mr. Don O’Leary PAS (Re-appointment) 3 years
Ms. Emer Woodful PAS (Re-appointment) 3 years
Ms. Jennifer Gargan PAS 4 years
Ms. Bernadette Costello PAS 4 years
Mr. John McDaid PAS 4 years

Minister Zappone continued: “I am very grateful to all of the members of the new Board for their commitment to assist with the governance of the Oberstown children detention campus for the next term of office. The new Oberstown Board will have an important role in ensuring the campus continues to provide safe and secure custody for children in detention and in addition, the safest possible working environment for staff. A programme of investment in the Oberstown campus, combined with necessary legal and operational reforms, has been underway in recent years and I want to thank the Oberstown workforce for their continued efforts in meeting the needs of children in custody”.