Three women have died and two men have been seriously injured in a car crash in the Republic of Ireland.
The three-vehicle crash happened on the N2, the main Monaghan to Dublin road, south of Aclint Bridge near Ardee, County Louth, at about 01:00 on Friday.
A 39-year-old woman who was driving one of the cars has died, along with two of her passengers, aged 37 and 69.
The men are being treated for their injuries at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
One of the men had been travelling in the same car as the three women who were killed.
The driver of another vehicle was one of those injured, while it is understood a man driving a third car was not hurt.
The N2 road is closed between Ardee and Aclint Bridge as Gardaí (Irish police) carry out an investigation at the scene of the crash.