There remains an "increased risk" of enforcement action being taken by Scottish fisheries control authorities against Irish vessels operating in the waters around Rockall, the Government has warned.

Earlier this week, a Marine Scotland patrol boat blocked a Donegal fishing vessel from entering the waters around the rocky outcrop in the North Atlantic.

The Northern Celt was boarded and its skipper instructed that he could no longer fish within 12 nautical miles of the disputed rocky outcrop as a result of Brexit.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue issued a statement tonight saying they had met to discuss recent developments in relation to Rockall.

"The Ministers are fully aware of interactions between an Irish fishing vessel, and a Marine Scotland patrol vessel in recent days," they said.

"The Irish Government has been in contact with the relevant Scottish and UK authorities.

"Through this engagement, the Irish Government is seeking to address the issues involved, reflecting the longstanding fisheries tradition in the area.

"Taking account of the new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, this may also require contact with the European Commission."

The ministers and their officials are "considering all options for further engagement on the issues involved and are continuing to work closely together" the statement said.

It concluded by warning: "While engagement continues, there remains an increased risk of enforcement action being taken by Scottish fisheries control authorities against Irish vessels operating in the waters around Rockall at present."