Two men have been charged in connection with a garda investigation into the use of illegal migrant workers in the Irish fishing industry.

The owners of the fishing boat the 'Labardie Fisher' appeared before Cork District Court today.

Fifty-year-old Pat O'Mahony from Eltin's Wood, Kinsale, and 62-year-old Leonard Hyde, of Four Winds, Weaver's Point, Crosshaven, were both charged with knowingly facilitating the entry into the State on 25 March 2015 of a person whom they knew or had reasonable cause to believe was an illegal immigrant or a person who intended applying for asylum.

The two were also charged with employing a foreign national, Demie Balbin Omol, a 40-year-old Filipino, at Hugh Coveney Pier in Crosshaven on 5 October 2015, without having an employment permit issued by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

The court was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.

Judge John King remanded both men on bail, and adjourned the case for mention to 9 November.