Three men have appeared in court charged in connection with the trafficking of illegal immigrants into the State through Dublin Airport.

Two of the men are Aer Lingus employees; the third is from China and has no address in Ireland.

All three have been remanded in custody to appear again in court in the next week.

The men were brought from separate garda stations to Dublin District Court this morning charged in connection with the operation of an international human trafficking network at Dublin Airport.

There was a large media presence as the men arrived to court

Xing Wang, 28, and originally from China, is accused of possessing false documents, failing to produce a passport or identity card and failing to present himself to an immigration officer when he arrived in the country.

Detective Garda Keith Cleary from the Garda National Immigration Bureau told the court that he arrested Xing Wang at 9.45pm last Sunday night at the White Zone Car Park at Dublin Airport.

The two other accused, Aer Lingus employees, are Frederick Cham, 56, from Railway Cottages and Peter Kernan, 58, from the Old Rectory Lodge, both addresses in Celbridge in Co Kildare.

They are accused of facilitating the entry into the State of an illegal immigrant on 9 January and 22 January of this year under the Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act.

Detective Garda Lorcan Tighe said Mr Chan made no reply to the charges.

Detective Garda Brendan O'Sullivan said that Mr Kernan, along with others, organised the entry of illegal immigrants here, bypassing passport control and with no contact with security.

He alleged that money had been paid, and that some of Mr Kernan's resources had been seized, and was no longer available to him for a bail application.

The court was told that an independent surety had been organised but had withdrawn this morning because of the publicity.

The detective said gardaí were objecting to bail because of, among other things, the seriousness of the charges, and the accused's association with organised criminal gangs who had access to false documents.

Xing Wang and Frederick Cham have been remanded in custody until Friday; Peter Kernan until next Monday with consent to bail.