Our duty is to protect the institution of marriage in legislation and we aim to strengthen this by introducing provisions in this Bill which make it more difficult to broker a marriage of convenience
in the State.
A Lebanese man has been held at the Menoyia centre for seven months, awaiting deportation, on the grounds that he had entered a marriage of convenience with an EU citizen.
In another case, a Pakistani man who had a child with a Bulgarian woman and proved he was the father by DNA test, was arrested for deportation because he had entered a marriage of convenience according to migration.
A marriage of convenience
currently takes place for financial and practical reasons, "not for love, commitment or intimacy," says Aliya Khalid, a 28-year-old marketing executive in Jeddah.
Criminal gangs, taking advantage of the fact that it is not an offence to enter a marriage of convenience
here for the purpose of gaining an immigration advantage, are flying in brides from Europe and paying them between 3,000 to 5,000 to marry non-EU nationals.
Gradually, she decides - in fact, hungers - to keep him, even consenting to a marriage of convenience
with a dying heir.
When in late 2002 Italian PM Berlusconi asked visiting Erdogan in Rome just what kind of marriage the Turkish leader envisaged between Turkey and the EU - a marriage of convenience
, or of love?
Bipartisan bigotry is no surprise, but can we expect better from independent candidates such as Nader, who has begun a marriage of convenience
with the Green Party?
The state's position was that a marriage of convenience
constitutes a "serious threat to public order and the Republic's safety," police said in an August report but did not explain how this "serious threat" came about.
A spokesman said: "Under current legislation, it is not possible to prevent a marriage taking place, even where it is suspected to be a marriage of convenience