A leading children's advocate is calling for analysis of why teens are being sent to Oberstown Detention Campus in Lusk.
It's after a judge was forced to grant bail to an out-of-control teen for the second time in less than a week, because the centre was full.
The 16 year old faces trial in connection with the violent raids of two convenience stores.
Solicitor and childcare specialist, Catherine Ghent, says it's possible minors are being sent to Oberstown for less serious breaches of bail conditions.
"For example you have to get to school every morning, but they could be living in a house with addiction where there's nobody to get them up. Everyone knows it's hard to get teenagers up anyway. They may be sent to Oberstown but you need to look at whether that was bail condition was realistic in first place. Should that child be on remand in that institution, taking up a bed for another person.?"