Details released following incident at Rosslare Harbour
Gardaí have provided an update after 16 people were found in a sealed trailer on the vehicle deck during a routine inspection.
Gardaí announced earlier on Thursday that they were investigating potential breaches of immigration legislation which may have occurred on board a Stena Line Ferry that arrived in Rosslare.
They have since offered an update on the situation, saying that each of the 16 people on board were males, and that one of them may be a juvenile.
It is also believed that all of the men found are of Middle Eastern origin.
The boat, which was travelling from Cherbourg in France, arrived in Rosslare at approximately 2.40pm on Thursday with an estimated 16 people on board.
It has also been revealed that the articulated lorry wherein the men were found (tractor and trailer) are both owned by a "local Irish based company".
The owners are co-operating fully with the ongoing investigation.
The driver is a male in his 50's, who has been a resident of Ireland for over 25 years and he is also co-operating fully with the ongoing investigation.
The articulated lorry was photographed and examined on the ferry and has now been removed to a secure location for further technical examination.
An Garda Síochána have said that they will continue to investigate all the circumstances of this incident.