Cork fishing boat owners charged in illegal migrants case

The Labardie Fisher. Photograph:

Pair charged with facilitating entry of illegal immigrant and employing man with no work permit.

The owners of a Cork fishing boat have appeared in court charged with offences following a Garda investigation into the use of illegal migrant workers.

Owners of the Labardie Fisher, Leonard Hyde (62) from Four Winds, Weaver’s Point, Crosshaven, Co, Cork and Pat O’Mahony (50) from Eltin’s Wood, Kinsale,Co Cork were charged with two offences each when they appeared at Cork District Court on Wednesday morning.

Both men were charged under the Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act 2000 with knowingly facilitating the entry into the state on March 25th, 2015 of a person whom they knew or had reasonable cause to believe was an illegal immigrant or a person who intended applying for asylum.

They were also charged under the Employment Permits Act 2003 with employing a non-national, Filipino national Demie Balbin Omol (40) at Hugh Coveney Pier in Crosshaven on October 5th, 2015 without having an employment permit issued by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

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One Response to Cork fishing boat owners charged in illegal migrants case

  1. neofenian says:

    They should be banned from owning a boat or running a business. The fishing industry is rife with similar cases.


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