Four illegal immigrants were arrested in Laois on Monday night after coming from Spain to Ireland.
Gardai have said that the four males got out of the back of a lorry at the motorway filling station at Grantstown after they entered the country at Rinaskiddy, Cork.
A garda spokesperson told the Leinster Express that the arrests were made at 10.30pm on Monday night in Ballacolla.
"Gardaí arrested four Non-National males in their 20s for immigration offences in Ballacolla, Co. Laois. All four males were arrested and brought to the Bridewell Garda Station Co. Cork. Investigations are ongoing," gardai said.
All four adult males have been taken back to Cork where they have now requested asylum.
This is the second time an incident like this has happened in Laois this year. In August, five men ran into the Laois countryside at Straboe/The Rock rural area near Mountmellick after being found hiding in a truck after coming through Rosslare from Spain through France. Investigations are ongoing.