Five migrants found in container at transport firm depot
The group are believed to have arrived on a ferry at Rosslare
Three men, a woman and a child have been found in a container in a haulage yard. The group of five, including the girl believed to be as young as three, were discovered in the depot of a transport company in New Ross, Co Wexford, o n Sunday evening.
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Gardai said they are being detained under immigration legislation with the case referred to the Refugee Applications Commission. It is believed the group were brought into Ireland on a ferry which docked at Rosslare.
It is understood the truck came into Ireland from Cherbourg on the Irish Ferries’ Oscar Wilde ship on Sunday afternoon. Gardai were alerted at 6pm that evening. The 42ft-long (13m) container is understood to have been unaccompanied and put on to the ferry in France to be collected and transported on by a haulage company in Ireland.
It had a cargo of apples, with the temperature as low as 3C. It is suspected the container would have been packed with up to 26 pallets of fruit in the Le Mans-Angers area of western France before being locked, sealed and taken to Cherbourg. Four adult refugees are believed to have been discovered in a similar container, also carrying apples, in the French port about a fortnight ago.
It is understood the refugees told immigration officers that they paid 5,000 euro (?4,500) each to be smuggled into Ireland. Nine refugees were found in a truck on a roadside near New Ross in February this year. There has been an increased policing operation at Rosslare Port for several months with more than a dozen immigration officers tasked with checking each ferry that comes in.
The transport and haulage company which collected the container declined to comment.