This collaboration between Irish investigative platform and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) exposed the conditions facing eastern European horticultural workers in Ireland. reporter Niall Sargent teamed up with BIRN’s Maria Cheresheva in Bulgaria and Marcel Gascón Barberá in Romania to find out if rights granted to seasonal workers under EU law are being respected in Ireland. The result is an exposé of hardship, low pay and mismanaged labour policies.

In November 2021, Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent won the investigative writing award of the prestigious Irish Food Writing Awards for his work on the project.

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