Five people have died after car crashes in the south and west of the country.
Two people were killed in a collision near Blarney in Co Cork and three others – including a child – died after a crash near Claremorris in Co Mayo.
The Co Mayo incident occurred on the N17 at about 1pm. The three victims were travelling in a car which collided with a truck about a mile from Claremorris near the junction of the Ballindine road.
Emergency services rushed to the scene but said there was nothing they could do to save the three victims, understood to be two women and a child.
Diversions are in place on the N17 – which links Sligo to Galway – while gardaí carry out a forensic examination of the crash scene and the vehicles involved.
Members of Mayo County Council heard of the news as they gathered for their monthly meeting in Castlebar and a minute’s silence was held for the deceased.
In Cork, two tourists travelling in a hire car were pronounced dead at the scene of a collision with a truck on the N20 road between Cork and Mallow.
The crash happened just north of Blarney at around 11am. The pair, who were in their 60s, were both passengers in the Skoda Octavia car.
The car was travelling towards Cork when the collision happened at the Waterloo junction. The truck was moving in the opposite direction.
Two other people in the car – an American man and woman in their 60s – were taken to Cork University Hospital with non life -threatening injuries. It is understood that the four were related.
The driver of the truck and a woman in her 30s driving another car hit by the Octavia were also taken to hospital.
Gardaí are trying to make contact with the families of the dead through the US embassy.
A section of the N20 has been closed while the scene of the crash is examined by Garda forensic crash investigators. Diversions are in place and gardaí are asking people travelling from Mallow to take alternative routes.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Gurranabraher Garda station on (021) 4946200.