Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Children Detained in Industrial Schools.

40.

asked the Minister for Education the number of children male and female, at present detained in industrial schools throughout the country, together with the name of each school and the number of children detained in it.

There were 1,873 girls and 1,638 boys under detention in industrial schools on 31st December, 1961.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to give the remainder of the information sought in the form of a tabular statement, which will be circulated with the Official Report.

Upton

182

Artane

369

Letterfrack

105

Salthill

127

Glin

83

Clonmel

167

Passage West

53

Killarney M.

48

Kilkenny M.

135

Drogheda

45

Cappoquin

49

Rathdrum

69

St. Joseph's, Tralee

75

Cavan

44

Ennis

41

Clonakilty

48

Rushbrooke

55

Kinsale

8

Mallow

49

Sunday's Well

77

Bundoran

25

Booterstown

87

Goldenbridge

169

Lakelands

69

Whitehall

72

Loughrea

62

Ballinasloe

40

Clifden

99

Lenaboy

42

Killarney

63

Pembroke Almshouse, Tralee

54

Kilkenny F.

104

Birr

60

St. George's, Limerick

56

St. Vincent's, Limerick

88

Newtownforbes

40

Dundalk

27

Westport

26

Ballaghaderreen

67

Summerhill, Athlone

64

Benada Abbey, Ballymote

67

Templemore

17

Cashel

46

Dundrum

58

Waterford

53

Moate

68

New Ross

16

Wexford

43

41.

asked the Minister for Education what are the various headings under which children are detained in industrial schools; the number of children held under each heading; and the length of time for which each child is held.

Children are committed to industrial schools on the following grounds:— (1) destitution or lack of proper guardianship, (2) non-attendance at school, (3) uncontrollable and (4) indictable offences. The numbers under detention under these heads on 31st December, 1961, were:— destitution or lack of proper guardianship 3,216, non-attendance at school 134, uncontrollable 39, indictable offences 122.

The courts generally order detention to the age of 16 years.