Eleven Nigerians deported on flight
Eleven Nigerian nationals, who were living here illegally, have been deported to their home country as a result of orders issued by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.
The group of 10 men and one woman included two with convictions for sexual offences and three others with minor criminal records.
They were removed as part of a joint operation with the UK authorities.
They were placed on a chartered aircraft at Dublin Airport, accompanied by 25 officers from the Garda National Immigration Bureau and medical personnel, and flown to Lagos.
It was the first deportation flight from this country since March 2015 and more are expected in the coming months.
Also on the flight were 50 Nigerian and Ghanaian nationals who were being deported from the UK.
Earlier this week, the Irish Independent revealed an immigration bureau crackdown on taxi drivers.
A total of 27 taxi drivers are under investigation as a result of a multi-agency crackdown on operators suspected of breaking the law. Further inquiries are currently under way into the immigration status of 27 drivers in the State.
Most of them are being investigated for suspected involvement in marriages of convenience, or sham marriages, to circumvent the immigration laws.