A garda investigation is under way after a number of foreign nationals were discovered in the rear of a truck in Co Laois this afternoon. 

It is understood a truck driver pulled over on the N80 near Stradbally and alerted gardaí to noises coming from the rear of the truck shortly after 5pm.

On opening the container, gardaí found three men and two women, all in their 30s, and one child.

The individuals were then taken to hospital as a precaution.