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4 arrested after meat processing company searched

The offices and warehouse of a meat processing company, which is located in Co. Meath, was searched by members from GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau), accompanied the Work Relations Commission and Department of Social Protection on Tuesday, February 11th.

As a result of enquiries and intelligence, it was established that this company was employing persons in contravention of the Immigration and Employment Permits Legislation, according to a Garda Spokesperson.

“A total of 19 individuals were discovered in contravention of either immigration or permit legislation.” a statement from An Garda Síochána outlined.


Four people were arrested and charged under immigration legislation; they were subsequently bailed to appear at Swords Courts on February 19th, 2020 and Balbriggan Court on February 27th, 2020.”

“A fifth person claimed asylum and an additional 11 people were encountered with not having any current immigration status in the state; they will be subsequently removed in accordance with legislation.”

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“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.” the statement concluded.

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