Three men appear in court over alleged people-trafficking

Three men have appeared in court charged with various offences as part of an investigation into human trafficking at Dublin airport.

The court heard it will be alleged that a sum of money was paid to facilitate the illegal entry of non-nationals into Ireland.


Xing Wang, a Chinese man with no known address in Ireland, was arrested at a car park at Dublin airport on Sunday evening.

Yesterday, he was charged with having a fake Hong Kong passport, of failing to produce a passport or ID and of failing to present to immigration officers.

61-year-old Frederick Chan of Railway Cottages, Hazelhatch in Celbridge, Co. Kildare and Peter Kernan, who lives at Old Rectory Lodge on Church Road in Celbridge, also appeared in court today charged with facilitating the trafficking of a non-national into the State on the 9th and 22nd of January.

Xing Wang and Frederick Chan didn’t apply for bail today.

During Mr. Kernan’s application, Judge Cormac Dunne was told it would be alleged that he is associated with organised criminal gangs who have access to false documents and that he, along with others, organised to facilitate the illegal entry of non-nationals by helping them to bypass passport control at Dublin Airport and to leave without having contact with security personnel and that a sum of money was paid for this to be done.

Bail was set at € 22,000, subject to certain conditions, and he was remanded in custody for a week with permission to take it up in the meantime.