Building a social ghetto at Thornton Hall is the last thing we need

Building a social ghetto at Thornton Hall is the last thing we need
The site at Thornton Hall Pic: RoillingNews.ie

We spent €60 million on acquiring Thornton Hall for a new, modern prison. Now, in the midst of a continuing prison crisis, calls for the site to be used for public housing are shocking to hear

Charlie Flanagan holds one of the most difficult posts in our cabinet. Every day, some new issue confronts him and nearly always there is little or nothing he could have done to avoid that confrontation. His department has a very wide range of responsibilities, from immigration to crime, to the courts system to law reform and gambling law, and many other points in between.

Unlike other departments, such as Finance and Public Expenditure, there are...

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