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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Sham Marriages

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# Operation Vantage
Over 400 sham marriages halted by gardaí following 2015 crackdown
Gardaí set up Operation Vantage two years ago to tackle sham marriages.
# Operation Vantage
Number of foreign couples attempting to marry in Ireland drops 58% since new laws
Gardaí are now using new laws to tackle sham marriages.
# Drogheda
A Pakistani man who claimed 'true love' as a defence has been jailed for his 'sham marriage'
Muhammad Raza was married and had three children in Pakistan.
# Visas
Gang who flew in Lithuanian brides to UK as part of sham marriage scam jailed
People involved in the scam swapped roles in fake bridal parties.
# Exploitation
Sham marriages are widespread in Ireland, according to Immigrant Council report
One international gang based in Dublin made millions by charging hundreds of Asian men up to €20,000 to marry vulnerable eastern European women.
# Marriages of Convenience
11 people arrested during massive garda operation into sham marriages
Operation Vantage was set up after a trend of foreign men marrying women from EU countries was identified.
# Slovakia
Four women trafficked into UK, treated like pieces of meat and sold into sham marriages
The ringleader is known as Romeo.
# new rule
Couples suspected of entering sham marriages in Ireland will be investigated
The Registrar will now be able to investigate couples and report them to immigration services.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Everyone’s talking about the Killarney explosion, Belfast riots and Dáil bar drinking,
# Convenience
Govt hopes to legislate against 'sham marriages'
In the meantime, marriage registrars have received revised guidelines to try and prevent marriages of convenience.
# Belfast
Bride and groom charged over 'sham marriage'
Police intervened to stop the wedding ceremony at Belfast’s City Hall last week.
# Sham Marriages
Two arrested as part of human trafficking ring
Two men remain in custody after allegedly luring Latvian women to Ireland and forcing them to marry.
# Marriage
New guidelines on 'sham marriages' introduced
ID and ambassadorial approval now required for non EU citizens marrying in Ireland after EU pressure.