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Elaine Byrne, Francesca Comyn and Susan Mitchell put the welfare of Irish children under the spotlight

2nd September, 2016

In this weekend's paper, columnist Elaine Byrne pulls no punches as she strongly criticises the decision to leave 38 vulnerable children in solitary confinement at Oberstown Children’s Detention Campus while staff were engaged in industrial action.

Byrne asks why the young teenagers - who were referred to as "inmates" in the media - went to bed at 9pm on Sunday night and were left alone in their rooms, until the strike by 150 staff...

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