Migrant support groups say clampdown focuses on immigration breaches rather than labour exploitation
The Irish authorities have conducted a series of raids on fishing vessels in ports around the country as part of an investigation into the use of undocumented migrant workers.
The Irish police, the Gardai, declined to comment on the operation, saying it was not yet complete. But it is understood from local sources that officers from its immigration unit, together with the Irish navy, the Workplace Relations Commission and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners targeted trawlers in Castletownbere, in County Cork, and Howth in Dublin on Wednesday. They moved on to other key fishing ports on Thursday.
Source: Guardian Environment