People found on ship
16 people have been found alive on board a ship on it's way to Rosslare port in County Wexford.
They were found in a container on a Stena Line ferry sailing from Cherbourg in France.
At 9:20pm last night the Stena Horizon roll on roll off passenger ship left Cherbourg in France for Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford.
Staff heard banging from a truck container in the ships hold - when they opened the doors they found 16 people alive.
Sources say they are in good health but will be examined by a doctor on arrival.
A garda case conference is taking place in Wexford where discussions on how to proceed once the ship docks in Rosslare are taking place.
Little is known at this stage about the identity and nationality of the 16 stowaways.
Its believed they are all men aged between 20 and 40 years old.
The ship is currently in the Celtic Sea and is due to arrive this afternoon.
In a statement, Stena's Ian Hampton said: "During the Stena Horizon’s 21:00 hrs sailing from Cherbourg France to Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday November 20, one of our employees during a routine inspection discovered 16 people in a sealed trailer on the vehicle deck.