It may just be a rocky outcrop breaking the waves in the Atlantic off the north-west coast but the ownership of Rockall has been the focus of difference between Ireland and Britain for decades.

Rising from the North Atlantic, this uninhabitable piece of granite has been the subject of contention for years.

Located approximately 420kms from the north-west coast of Ireland, the nearest inhabited island to Rockall is North Uist in the Scottish Outer Hebrides island.

Iceland is 700kms to the north of it and the Faroe Islands are situated to the north east.  

In 1955 the British navy annexed the rock, almost 20 years later, the Westminister parliament formally declared it as part of Scottish territory. 

But the Irish Government has always disputed these claims. 

The 1982 UN Convention of the Law of the Sea states that rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf. 

The current dispute may be with Scotland but Iceland and Denmark have also sought ownership.

Unassuming as it appears - everyone wants a piece of it.