Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Questions (103, 104)

Arthur Morgan

Question:

177 Mr. Morgan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will investigate reports that an outlet (details supplied) in Dublin 1 has during the past year been involved in illegally employing migrant workers who do not have work permits; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3710/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

The Garda Síochána is responsible for investigating complaints of illegal employment of migrant workers and the details supplied have been referred to the Garda National Immigration Bureau for investigation. Migrant workers could be permitted to work without work permits in any of the following circumstances: persons who are EEA citizens — the EEA consists of the EU together with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein; Swiss nationals, in accordance with the terms of the European Communities and Swiss Confederation Act 2001, which came into operation on 1 June 2002, and enables the free movement of workers between Switzerland and Ireland, without the need for work permits; persons who have been granted refugee status; non-EEA nationals who have permission to remain in the State as students are entitled by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform to take up casual employment, defined as up to 20 hours part-time work per week, or full-time work during vacation periods, for the duration of their permission to remain; and persons who have been granted permission to remain in the State on one of the following grounds: persons with permission to remain as spouse of an Irish national, persons with permission to remain as a parent of an Irish national, and persons with permission to remain on humanitarian grounds having been in the asylum process.

Arthur Morgan

Question:

178 Mr. Morgan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will investigate reports that a person (details supplied) in County Dublin is involved in charging migrant workers for work permits; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3711/04]

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The specific information supplied by the Deputy will be investigated by my Department as a matter of urgency.