Private Security Firms Employing Illegal Immigrants

A report published by the Central Statistics Office details a massive rise in the employment of illegal immigrants by private security companies, with figures more than tripling in the last three years.
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2012 figures show that security firms in the Republic of Ireland provided work for as many as two foreign nationals who resided in the state illegally. By 2015 - the last year for which figures are available - that number had leapt to seven. The data collected suggests that both EU and non-EU nationals are working in the sector.

Unconfirmed data suggests that as many as an eighth man could be working as a security guard in the North.