Three killed in horror crashes
Plumbers die on way to work in blackspot collision
THREE young men, including two workmates, were killed in horror crashes yesterday.
The pair were killed on their way to work in Co Laois on one of the country's most dangerous stretches of road while the third man died in a later accident in Co Clare.
The victims in the Laois crash were named locally as Jeffrey Power (24) and Paul Considine (22). Both plumbers, they were travelling from Limerick to work on the construction of a new school in Portlaoise. The accident happened at 7.30am on a wide stretch of road between the Pike of Rushall and Castletown, before Mountrath on the N7.
Some 39 people have been killed on the N7 between Limerick and Portlaoise since 1996.
The Toyota Corolla the two friends were in collided with a Hiace taxi minibus vehicle.
The crash occurred at the top of a rise in the road where the N7 is also joined by a minor road signposted from the right.
Local priest Fr Jackie Robinson said that the sooner speed cameras were introduced, the better.
The senior assistant chief fire officer with Laois County Fire and Rescue Service, Shea Brennan, said: "Road conditions were dry and visibility was good at the time. The two deceased were travelling in the Toyota Corolla while a lady driver was the sole occupant of the taxi vehicle. There was extensive damage caused to the front of both vehicles."
The middle-aged woman was taken by ambulance to the Midland Regional Hospital where she was treated for shock and leg and chest injuries.
The N7 remained closed while gardai carried out an extensive forensic and scene examination.
Jeffrey Power of Roundwood estate, Rosbrien, Limerick is the son of Thomas and Mina and is also survived by his brother Gary.
Paul Considine of Raheen, Dooradoyle, Limerick, is understood to be originally from Limerick city and had been living in Dooradoyle for some time.
Limerick TD Willie O'Dea said the area was in "complete shock'' over the double tragedy.
"I am in shock at this terrible crash. It's appalling, absolutely devastating for the two families involved. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in Limerick are with their families at this very sad and difficult time.''
Gardai in Portlaoise have appealed for witnesses.
Meanwhile, a lift home for a young man ended in tragedy yesterday in Co Clare after the car in which he was travelling collided with a vehicle carrying tourists. The victim, named locally as Matt McInerney, was in his early 20s and from the area.