Belfast Telegraph

Aer Lingus staff arrested in 'illegal immigrant smuggling' probe at Dublin Airport

Two Aer Lingus employees were among three men arrested as part of an investigation into an international illegal immigrant smuggling network.

The network is understood to have been run through Dublin Airport. Gardaí confirmed the arrested of the three men, aged 61, 56 and 28, in relation to the immigration offences.

The Garda Immigration Bureau were assisted by the Garda Special Detective Unit in the investigation.

The three men were arrested last night at Dublin Airport and are currently detained at Ballymun and Coolock Garda Stations.

Officers at the Garda National Immigration Bureau believe the scam has been running for years, according to RTE.

RTE also reported that up to 100 illegal immigrants may have been smuggled through Dublin Airport each year.

"Aer Lingus can confirm that two of its employees have been arrested by an Garda Siochana at Dublin Airport," a spokesperson told

"Aer Lingus is co-operating fully with an Garda Siochana in their investigation. As this is an on-going criminal investigation we have no further comment to make."

Gardaí also said the investigation is ongoing and no further information is available.


From Belfast Telegraph