The Minister with responsibility for Fisheries says he would be in favour of an amnesty for migrants working illegally on fishing trawlers.
Simon Coveney is to lead a task-force to look into alleged widespread abuse of migrant workers in the Irish fishing industry.
It’s after a Guardian exposé on practises in the sector, but Minister Coveney says the Gardaí have been investigating the matter for months.
Mr Coveney said: “If there are people working in Ireland at the moment of course they should feel can come forward.
“If they have concerns or frustrations or they feel they’re being exploited we need to hear about that, and of course the fishing industry does no that needs to be done in a way that respects people, that is consistent with international law and is consistent with Irish law,” he added.