Gardaí raid premises after fishermen trafficking claim

Gardaí have raided a number of premises and the naval service has arrested a fishing boat in the Irish sea as part of the response to allegations of abuse of migrant workers in the fishing industry.

Speaking ahead of the second meeting later today of the taskforce set up to deal with issue, Minister for Agriculture and Marine Simon Coveney said he does not want a “witch hunt” of people who may be in Ireland illegally and may be vulnerable.

He said they want to regularise the position of people in the fishing industry and put in place a system for the future so we know who they are, where they come from and most importantly they are not exploited.

Mr Coveney said they must work out whether they need permits, licences or visas but added it may be a complicated matter because many who work in the industry are not employees but work for a share of the catch meaning they are  in effect sole traders.

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