Eight people deported to Britain after being caught entering Ireland illegally from the North
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Eight people deported to Britain after being caught entering Ireland illegally from the North

A GARDA operation targeting illegal immigration into Ireland has deported eight people to Britain.

The operation was conducted last week by the immigration unit at Dundalk Garda Station and assisted by the National Immigration Bureau.

A checkpoint was put in place in Dundalk, Co. Louth, near to the border with Northern Ireland, where documents of those suspected of being in the country illegally were checked.

The eight people had travelled from Britain to Northern Ireland before entering the Republic of Ireland.

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A garda spokesperson said: "Eight foreign nationals were returned to the UK as they were in breach of immigration offences.”

The eight involved made up several different nationalities and were all deported to either Northern Ireland or mainland Britain.

They were detected at different times during the course of the checkpoint and were not all together.

Eleven vehicles were also seized during the operation under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act.