Fourteen Indonesian sailors who were stranded on a boat in Dún Laoghaire harbour for three weeks are on their way home after their repatriation terms were agreed.

The sailors left the Magan D shortly before 8am and were accompanied to Dublin Airport by a garda escort.

The Spanish-owned British registered trawler was towed into Dún Laoghaire three weeks ago after several days drifting in the Irish Sea because of engine failure.

It was detained by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Indonesian crew had been working on the ship since July last year but had not been paid since January.

Michael Whelan of the International Transport Federation, a trade union which represents maritime workers helped the crew to secure their backpay and flights home.

He said it was a shame that the company which owns Magan D would not engage directly with the ITF to resolve the crew's problem.

Mr Whelan said this situation would not have been resolved without the cooperation of Ireland's Maritime Survey Office, the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the Indonesian Embassy in London.

Magan D remains at Dún Laoghaire with Spanish ship's officers onboard.