Eight illegal immigrants detained by gardaí during checkpoint operation
Eight illegal immigrants were detained by Gardai following a checkpoint operation in Dundalk, Co Louth earlier this week.
The immigration operation occurred at three different locations on the M1 motorway in the Louth division on Monday.
The individuals are believed to have been making their way to the Republic via Northern Ireland and England.
A source told Independent.ie that some of their nationalities include Nigerian, Chinese and Pakistani.
An Immigration Operation occurred at Dundalk, Co. Louth on the 6th Feb, where 8 persons were found to be in breach of immigration offences. pic.twitter.com/awHUWfzZdP— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 10, 2017
It is understood that they were not all associated with one another, but were caught in separate incidents throughout the day.
In a statement on their official Twitter account, gardai said: "An Immigration Operation occurred at Dundalk, Co Louth on the 6th Feb, where eight persons were found to be in breach of immigration offences.
A garda spokesperson added: "The eight people have been repatriated to where they came from."
In addition to the immigration offences there were 11 vehicles seized under Section 41.
It has not been clarified that these vehicles belonged to any of the eight individuals repatriated.