Two elderly women killed in accidents while crossing roads
Two elderly women have been killed within minutes of each other while crossing the road in separate accidents.
Gardaí are investigating the two fatal collisions which took place in Dublin and Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, at around 1pm yesterday.
One of the victims, aged in her early 80s, was hit by a car as she tried to cross the southbound carriageway of the N11 in Dublin.
The incident occurred close to Cabinteely Village shortly before 1pm.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken to St Columcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown for a post-mortem examination.
The busy route was closed for a time and diversions put in place. Around the same time, a woman in her 70s was killed after being struck by a lorry in Carrick-on-Suir. She was trying to cross the N24 Limerick to Waterford road in the Townspark area at the time.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The road was closed for several hours to allow Garda technical experts carry out a forensic examination.
Investigating gardaí have appealed for witnesses to come forward in both cases.
Tributes have poured in for the Tipperary woman who has been named locally as Nellie O'Shea. It is understood she lived in a retirement village in the town.
"She was a very active member of Family Carers Ireland and as the manager I'd like to offer my sympathies to her family. We were all shocked to hear about the accident," local councillor Richie Molloy said.
In south Dublin, Cllr Barry Ward said that the accident was "very shocking for the whole community".