SHAM MARRIAGES: TV 3 DOCUMENTARY
We were pleased to be featured on a documentary by Paul Connolly, investigative journalist, on sham marriages that was screened earlier this week on TV3.
The documentary examined the lucrative business that has developed in Ireland where non-EU nationals exploit EU nationals, often young women from Latvia, in order to secure residency rights in the State through marriages of convenience. Non-EU nationals were seen to be taking advantage of the current legal lacuna with respect of marriages of convenience and securing the right of five years residence on EU Treaty Groups, but on the basis of a fake marriage.
Kevin Brophy of Brophy Solicitors featured in the documentary arguing that the Minister must act to criminalise marriages of convenience or sham marriages.
You may have read our previous blog posting on this very issue, where we again argued for legislation in this area. The Minister made a speech on this issue in June 2011 highlighting his own concern about irregular marriage patterns in Ireland and referred to amendments to the Immigration and Residence Bill designed to deal with the issue of marriages of convenience. We await the publishing of the Bill and hope that it will fill of the existing legal lacuna which is of great disservice and frustration of all genuine applicants in the EU Treaty Rights process.