Schoolgirl and young rally driver are latest road victims
A 16-year-old schoolgirl and a promising young rally driver are among the latest fatalities on the country's roads.
The devastated family of Stacey Masterson, who was killed when the car she was in collided with a bus in Walkinstown in Dublin, said she was "too young to die".
Meanwhile, tributes have poured in for Patrick Kiernan (23), an up-and-coming rally driver from Bailieborough, Co Cavan, who died after his car spun out of control and collided with another vehicle.
Gardai investigating the death of Stacey have appealed to the drivers of two cars seen in the Greenhills Road area of Walkinstown at the time of the crash to come forward.
Stacey was a front-seat passenger in a car which was in a collision with a Dublin Bus at around 5pm on Sunday. The 19-year-old male driver of the car was rushed to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.
Speaking outside his brother's home in Kilmartin Green in Tallaght, Stacey's uncle, John Masterson, said the family are still at a loss as to what caused the accident. "All we know is that it was a crash between a car and a bus in Walkinstown... We're still waiting to hear what happened. She was too young to die."
Mr Masterson said Stacey divided her time between her father Philip's house in Tallaght and her mother Ann's house in Bluebell and was a keen horse rider.
"She was a lovely girl. She had a horse in the stables down the road... They used to go out at weekends and do races and jumps, the whole family did that. Philip was a jockey it was through her dad she got a love of horses."
Stacey is survived by her parents, her older sister Lesley and her young brother Thomas, who recently made his First Holy Communion.
Members of the rallying community have spoken of their devastation at the death of Mr Kiernan and described him as "a star in the making gone too soon".
The rally driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in Stradone in Co Cavan at 12.30am yesterday. It is understood that his car went out of control before colliding with another car. The two occupants of the second car, the driver in his 20s and the passenger in his late teens, are in a serious condition in hospital.
In a statement, County Cavan Motor Club said Mr Kiernan was known throughout the country for his success and had won the Galway International event earlier this year.
It described him as "a man who was wise long beyond his years and would always make time for a chat no matter what was going on in or out of the car. He will be sorely missed by all the County Cavan Motor Club and the wider rallying community.
"All our thoughts and prayers are with his parents, John and Ita, brother Gary and sisters Laura and Leanne."
Elsewhere, gardai have appealed for information following a crash in which a woman and two children were injured on Sunday night.
The single-vehicle collision happened at Lisnalty, Crecora, Co Limerick, at around 11pm and firefighters had to use specialist cutting equipment to free the casualties from the vehicle.