Nine refugees found in a truck in Wexford

The nine men have been taken to Waterford Regional Hospital
The nine men have been taken to Waterford Regional Hospital

Nine male refugees discovered huddled inside the back of a truck that arrived at Rosslare Port, Co Wexford, yesterday afternoon were in a stable condition in hospital last night.

The Irish haulage truck carrying the refugees, all adult males, came off a ship from Cherbourg at around 3.30pm.

The refugees had been ­hidden inside the trailer for at least two days.

All nine found by authorities are in a stable condition and have been taken to ­Waterford Regional Hospital to undergo medical assessment.

Authorities say none of the stowaways are believed to be at risk of long-term injury or death.

Gardai are trying to ­establish their identities and interpreters have been ­deployed.

Responding to the ­situation, Verona Murphy, president of the Irish Road Haulage ­Association, said the government are "very fortunate" that they are not dealing with "mass deaths".

"We are so glad today that we're not dealing with eight or nine dead migrants," she said.

"The shipping route from Cherbourg to Rosslare is very long. They were contained within a container with a serious lack of oxygen so the threat to life would have been grave."

She says the refugees should have been detected at the French port.

"It raises serious ­safety concerns of the dangers ­drivers are facing on a daily basis," she said.