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Written Answers. - Probation and Welfare Service Project.

Wednesday, 12 June 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 466 No. 7

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 149. Mr. Gregory Information on Tony Gregory Zoom on Tony Gregory  asked the Minister for Justice Information on Nora Owen Zoom on Nora Owen  if she will give details of the proposed facility at the old bakery Parnell St., Dublin 1; whether this property has been acquired by her Department; and if so, the reason for the concentration of prison facilities in the general area of the north city. [12353/96]

Minister for Justice (Mrs. Owen): Information on Nora Owen Zoom on Nora Owen The old Kennedy Bakery in Parnell Street has been leased by the Department of Justice and is presently being renovated for use by my Department's Probation and Welfare Service.

The Bridge Project, which is operated by the Probation and Welfare Service will be housed there. The project provides a programme which addresses the lifestyle of offenders on supervision to the service, aimed at diverting them from crime and finding them employment or other meaningful occupations. A substantial number of referrals to the project are offenders from the north inner city. The centre will be non-residential and will operate only during office hours.

The Bridge Project has a management committee comprised of representatives of criminal justice agencies in the community, business people who are members of the Irish Youth Federation, City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee, FÁS, ICTU and research interests.

The programme has operated since 1991 in the Resource Centre of the Probation and Welfare Service, Marlboro Place, also in the north inner city. This building is currently being purchased by Dublin Corporation, making it necessary to relocate the activities elsewhere. What is involved, therefore, is not the [1924] addition of a Probation and Welfare Service facility to the north inner city area, but the relocation of an existing facility within the area.

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