Sunday 17 February 2019

Gardai working to find nationality of teen stowaway in Stones trailer

The Rolling Stones will play Croke Park this month
The Rolling Stones will play Croke Park this month

Gardai are still trying to find out the nationality of a teenager found in a transport trailer carrying gear for the Rolling Stones concert in Croke Park.

The youth, believed to be 16 years old, was discovered in the trailer being used to bring in equipment for next week's show.

He was found when staff were unloading the truck, and they then alerted gardai.

The Herald has learned that the youth has supplied gardai with a name and age, but that his nationality or where he had travelled from is unknown.

It is understood detectives from the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) will now become involved in the case, which is being treated as an immigration issue.

Gardai will attempt to establish the teenager's nationality, as well as his movements before he was discovered in the trailer.


Investigators will also look to determine how the juvenile managed to gain access into Ireland undetected.

The trailer in which the youth was discovered had travelled to Ireland from the French port of Calais, via the UK.

Gardai were alerted to attend the GAA stadium shortly after 4pm on Tuesday, after being contacted by staff. The youth has since been taken into the care of the State, with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, now involved.

When discovered, he did not appear to have any significant injuries, despite having been concealed in the trailer for some time.

Croke Park in Dublin
Croke Park in Dublin

Calais is a port city in northern France and is the main ferry route between France and the UK.

French authorities believe that around 600 migrants are in the Calais region, although humanitarian groups - which have recently criticised "inhumane conditions" for refugees - claim that the true figure is likely to be around 800.

In a separate incident last year, garda immigration officers discovered 14 people hidden in a truck that arrived by ferry at Rosslare Harbour.

The 12 men and two women had arrived on a ship from France.

They were found inside a refrigerator trailer being used to store apples, which had a temperature set at around 5C.

The migrants, including one youth, were all said to have been in good health, although one male was taken to Wexford General Hospital as a precaution.

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