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Ten Arrested in Two Immigrant Worker Searches

Ten Arrested in Immigrant Worker Crackdown

The Garda National Immigration Bureau have conducted two immigrant worker searches over the past month, arresting ten people.

Ten people have been arrested after the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) carried out two immigrant worker search operations over the last month in West Dublin and County Meath. The operations took place at a Dublin Asian foods warehouse and a County Meath meat plant.

The GNIB worked in conjunction with the Workplace Relations Commission and Department of Social Protection in the operations, which were carried out on January 30th and February 11th.

A business park in West Dublin was the target of the first operation. The GNIB suspected that an Asian food products supplier was employing people in contravention of immigration and employment permits legislation.

There were also people working for the company who the GNIB believed to be subject to deportation orders.

Garda Officers

[The Garda National Immigration Bureau have arrested ten people in two illegal worker search operations. Image: Spunout.ie]

 

During the operation, Department of Social Protection officers suspended a number of payments, which included benefits such as rent supplement, disability allowance and child benefit.

In total, six people were arrested during the operation. Three of those were arrested under deportation orders, and three others were arrested for allegedly having no legal status in Ireland.

Those who were arrested appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on January 31st and were remanded until March 13th.

The second search operation was conducted in County Meath at the premises of a meat processing company. The warehouse and the offices of the company were searched during the operation, in which 19 individuals were suspected of being in contravention of permit or immigration legislation.

The operation brought about the arrest of four people, who were all charged under immigration legislation. They appeared at Swords District Court on 19th February, and are due to appear at Balbriggan District Court on February 27th.

A further 11 people were found to not have any immigration status in Ireland. The GNIB said that, in accordance with current legislation, these individuals will be removed.

Also, one individual claimed asylum during the second operation.

During the operation, Department of Social Protection officers suspended a number of payments, which included benefits such as rent supplement, disability allowance and child benefit.

In total, six people were arrested during the operation. Three of those were arrested under deportation orders, and three others were arrested for allegedly having no legal status in Ireland.

Those who were arrested appeared before Blanchardstown District Court on January 31st and were remanded until March 13th.

The second search operation was conducted in County Meath at the premises of a meat processing company. The warehouse and the offices of the company were searched during the operation, in which 19 individuals were suspected of being in contravention of permit or immigration legislation.

The operation brought about the arrest of four people, who were all charged under immigration legislation. They appeared at Swords District Court on 19th February, and are due to appear at Balbriggan District Court on February 27th.

A further 11 people were found to not have any immigration status in Ireland. The GNIB said that, in accordance with current legislation, these individuals will be removed.

Also, one individual claimed asylum during the second operation.