12 men and two women, including one child, were discovered in the back of a refrigerated lorry at Rosslare Port yesterday afternoon by Garda Immigration Officers.
The ferry had arrived from Cherbourg, France, and RTE reported that all migrants found were in good health.
The CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland Brian Killoran told Morning Ireland today that the people will be given legal aid to determine whether they can apply for asylum in Ireland, which they would be eligible for if they have not already applied for it in another EU country.
Mr Killoran said that it is the migrants, who are believed to be from Afghani, Kurdish or Iranian background, have the right to seek protection of the state.
He added that: “They will be assigned a legal representative and look at their individual circumstances so generally it’s based on what their background is.
"So if they’ve applied for asylum in another European country it can be the case that they are returned to that European country. If they haven’t been registered anywhere else it could be the case that they can register here in Ireland.
"We’re dealing with people who’ve come all the way from Afghanistan, all that distance: they’ve face a tremendous ordeal to get as far as they have."
Ireland has accepted less than 25% of the 4,000 refugees that it committed to resettling under relocation programmes in 2015.
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