Three men, including two Aer Lingus staff, have been arrested as part of an investigation into assisting illegal immigration through Dublin Airport.
It is now understood that not only has this scam been in operation 'for some years' but it is alleged more than eighty 'illegals' have been let through, every time it has been carried out.
Julian Bray Aviation Security Analyst & Broadcaster speaking on Irish broadcaster RTÉ radio early this morning (Tuesday January 24) called for a major investigation at all major western airport hubs, not just Dublin.
"If this sophisticated deception, has worked well for many years at Dublin Airport, then it is logical that 'copy-cat' operations are also being used elsewhere at major European gateways." Julian Bray added.
The arrests were almost certainly connected to a long-term international illegal immigrant smuggling network and possibly individuals had each paid up to euro 30,000.
Aer Lingus has confirmed that two of its employees are being questioned.
In a statement, a company spokesman said: “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.”
The three men are being interviewed by detectives at Ballymun and Coolock Garda stations in County Dublin.
Both Aer Lingus and the DAA, which manages the airport, say they are co-operating with the Garda Immigration Bureau and assisting them with their inquiries.
Source: RTE, CNS, ART
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