Takeaway boss fined €750 over job permit
THE operator of a Dublin takeaway has been fined €750 for employing an asylum-seeker without a work permit.
Yu Tai, trading as Golden Grain Chinese and Thai takeaway at Killester Avenue, admitted breaking employment regulations following an inspection by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Judge John O'Neill was told at Dublin District Court that an inspector visited the premises last May 15 and an asylum-seeker was working there without permission.
On October 2, another inspection was carried out and the same man was still there.
Defence solicitor David Stafford asked the court to note that mother-of-two Ms Tai has just taken over the business from her former partner who has left the country.
The court summons was issued eight days after there was a change in directorship.
Mr Stafford asked the court to note the change of ownership was genuine, his client had no prior convictions and has five employees.
Judge O'Neill noted there was an early guilty plea before the court and that another individual had been running the business at the time.
However, he said no notice was taken of the inspector's first visit and warning and the fact there were two offences did not impress the court.
He said the fine must be paid within three months or there would be a seven-day sentence.