Restaurant workers didn't have correct work permit
FINES totalling €1,700 were imposed at Gorey District Court last week on the proprietor of a Chinese restaurant in Kilmuckridge, after it was found that several employees were working on her premises without the necessary work permit.
En Lin Weng, trading as Orchid Harbour, Kilmuckridge, was brought to court by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Innovation, on charges of employing illegal workers between July and September 2012.
The Department's Inspector Caroline Hayes told the court she first visited the restaurant on July 13, and met the owner. She found that the employees there were working without a permit.
She called again on August 15, and found that some of the employees there were still working illegally. She then carried out an inspection of records on August 27. Two of the summonses related to two illegal workers on July 13; a summons on August 15 was for one of the same people; as was the summons on August 27.
The court was told that this employee was the defendant's partner, and he now has a permit to work in Ireland, as do all employees at the restaurant. Solicitor Caitriona Walshe said that they live above the restaurant and they have two children. All matters are now in order. Judge Haughton imposed a fine of €500 on the first summons, and imposed four fines of €300 on the other summonses.