A CRACKDOWN on foreign workers in Enniscorthy food outlets had repercussions in the District Court last week.
Garda Michael Kenny, in charge of policing migrant issues in the district, initiated a series of proceedings against defendants accused of failure to produce passports and breaches of permits restricting their right to take up work.
Muhammad Akram (47) of 49 Daphne View in Enniscorthy said, with the help of a friend who provided translation, that he was not in employment. He was accused of working for Ullat Saif at the Anar Kali restaurant in Rafter Street.
The case was put back to May 2 and Judge Gerard Haughton certified the matter for the services of a formal Urdu interpreter. Akram was assigned the services of solicitor Dermot Davis.
Chun Kong, address given as Golden City Restaurant in Market Square, was accused of being employed by Qin Chen.
With the assistance of a friend who translated, he told Judge Gerard Haughton he was working and earning €200 per week. He added that he had his own solicitor, a man called Ivan Williams.
The judge looked for a Cantonese interpreter to be available on the adjourn date May 2.
Zhen Sheng (31), also of Golden City Restaurant, was not present in court to meet charges identical to those against Chun Kong. He had been allowed cash bail while in the Garda barracks. A bench warrant was handed down for his arrest. Tairi Lin (49) of 4 Marlfield, Chapel Lane did not attend the courthouse in Gorey either. He was due to deal with an accusation that he was working for Lingbing Zhou at the New Vinegar takeaway, in defiance of the conditions under which he was allowed to remain in Ireland. A bench warrant was issued.