St. Patrick's Institution

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St. Patrick's Institution, North Circular Road, Dublin 7, is an Irish penal facility for 17- to 21-year-old males. It has a capacity of 217 beds and had an average inmate population of 221 in 2009. It is a closed, medium security prison.


It was opened in 1956 when inmates from the borstal located in Clonmel, County Tipperary were transferred there. Prior to this the facility had functioned as the female section of Mountjoy Prison from its opening in 1850. Although situated within the Mountjoy Prison Complex, it is administered as a completely separate facility. An education unit was built in the last 20 years. In 2002 a new unit to cater for boys aged between fourteen and sixteen years was built but up until 2004 this had not been used.[1][2]


A report on St. Patrick's Institution released on 16 October 2012 found a culture of human rights abuse.[3][4]


It was announced on 1 July 2013 that St. Patrick's Institution is to close.[5]

See also


  1. Irish Prisons Inspectorate (2005). St. Patrick's Institution Inspection: 15th – 19th November 2004 (PDF). Dublin.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Irish Prison Service (2010). Annual Report (PDF). Dublin. pp. 10–12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Human rights of St Patrick's prisoners 'ignored or violated'". RTÉ News. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Why do we tolerate places like St Patrick's Institution? The Irish Times, 20 October 2012.
  5. Prison service closes centre for young offenders The Irish Independent, 1 July 2013