St. Patrick's Institution

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St. Patrick's Institution
St. Patrick's Institution is located in Central Dublin
St. Patrick's Institution
Location in Central Dublin
Location North Circular Road, Phibsborough, Dublin
Coordinates 53°21′43″N 6°16′13″W / 53.361811°N 6.270219°W / 53.361811; -6.270219Coordinates: 53°21′43″N 6°16′13″W / 53.361811°N 6.270219°W / 53.361811; -6.270219
Status closed
Security class Medium security
Capacity 217
Population 221 (as of 2009)
Opened 1850
Closed 2013
Managed by Irish Prison Service

St. Patrick's Institution, North Circular Road, Dublin 7, was an Irish penal facility for 17- to 21-year-old males. It had 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 was to close.[5] On 7 April 2017, the last remaining wing of the Institution was closed.[6] It has since been amalgamated into the Mountjoy Prison Complex and is known as Mountjoy West.

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  1. ^ Irish Prisons Inspectorate (2005). St. Patrick's Institution Inspection: 15th – 19th November 2004 (PDF). Dublin. 
  2. ^ Irish Prison Service (2010). Annual Report (PDF). Dublin. pp. 10–12. 
  3. ^ "Human rights of St Patrick's prisoners 'ignored or violated'". RTÉ News. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  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
  6. ^ announces closure of St. Patrick’s Institution