Why would anyone pay tens of thousands of euro to get from Rome to Ireland when they could (a) just enter Ireland on some sort of holiday visa and overstay or (b) stay in Rome and move around the Schengen area to their heart's content? Is it because we're English speaking?
Dozens, if not hundreds, of people in the airport had to have known about this, and a lot of them would have to have been in on it.
How can the authorities say with such confidence how long this has been going on for, how much it cost, how many have gotten in, and who was involved internationally?
It is very strange that there is no mention of any involvement of the authorities from other countries.
The 10k+ gets you from Asia (China) into Europe, not just Rome to Dublin. They obviously have false papers/airport contacts on the Asian side to get them on the plane- they then transit through European airports without having to show papers as they go straight to the Irish bound plane- then picked up on a Dublin runway and ferried away.
Gardai claiming this AM that they spotted this when 1 guy with a fake ID was identified but no issue was made at the time and they discreetly followed it up through this investigation. I really find it hard to believe that this wasn't first identified in Rome by the Italians or by Interpol.
Paul Reynolds RTE again saying this AM that the Gardai have said our reputation would have been more damaged if we hadn't discovered this scam- that we have shown we can uncover crimes like this [after up to 10 years!!!]. I can't get my head around this line of thinking