Irish police raid meat processing plant in immigration investigation

By Aidan Fortune

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Irish police raid meat processing plant in immigration investigation

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The Irish police, Garda Síochana, has carried out a raid on a meat processing facility as part of an investigation into immigration and employment law violations.

The raid in question took place on 11 February 2020 at a facility in Co. Meath.

Officers attached to the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) conducted the operation in conjunction with the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the Department of Social Protection.
According to a Garda Síochana statement, as a result of enquiries and intelligence, it was established that the meat processing business was employing persons in contravention of the Immigration and Employment Permits Legislation. A total of 19 individuals were discovered in contravention of either immigration or permit legislation.
Four people were arrested and charged under immigration legislation; they were subsequently bailed to appear in court later this month. A fifth person has claimed asylum while an additional 11 people were encountered with not having any current immigration status in the State and will be subsequently removed in accordance with legislation.
A further three non-EU Nationals were interviewed due to possible discrepancies in relation to work permits. The Work Relations Commission are continuing to investigate to ensure compliance with Employment Legislation.

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