Wednesday 21 August 2019

Egyptian fisherman earns €500 each week

Ralph Riegel

AN EGYPTIAN national facing an immigration charge is earning €500 a week working as a fisherman in Ireland.

Mohamed el-Fallah (23) was remanded on bail after appearing before Bandon District Court in west Cork.

Mr el-Fallah is charged with the failure to produce a passport or valid identity document when requested to do so by Gardai and immigration officials.

The charge is brought contrary to Section 12 of the Immigration Act, 2004.

It is alleged that Mr el-Fallah failed to produce a valid identity document when requested to do so at Union Hall Pier in Co Cork on November 4.

Judge James McNulty was told by Inspector Gerry Lacey that Mr el-Fallah's family and friends had submitted a valid passport to Drogheda Garda Station.

This was photocopied and submitted to gardai in west Cork.

Gardai were also supplied with a valid rental agreement for Mr el-Fallah.

Judge McNulty was told the Egyptian has been in Ireland for two years and has an address at Calendar House, Bachelor's Lane, Drogheda, Co Louth.

Inspector Lacey said gardai have no objection to Mr el-Fallah being remanded on bail.

Judge McNulty was told by Mr el-Fallah that he was earning €500 per week working as a fisherman in Ireland.

The judge granted free legal aid and appointed Ray Hennessy as his solicitor.

Judge McNulty remanded Mr el-Fallah to appear before Skibbereen District Court on December 8 next.

Irish Independent

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