CORK Lord Mayor Cllr Catherine Clancy (Lab) escaped serious injury in a collision as she was being driven home from the election count in City Hall.
The accident happened shortly after 4am (Sunday) as the Labour councillor, who had just lost her seat on Cork City Council, was being driven home by her official driver in the mayoral car.
The vehicle, which is sponsored by Ford by long-standing tradition, was in collision with another car being driven by a female motorist.
Gardai and Cork fire brigade units attended the scene.
All three were removed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) as a precautionary measure for the treatment of minor injuries.
Cllr Clancy is understood to have been discharged a short time later.
She was one of four serving mayors in Ireland to lose their seats in Saturday's Local Government election counts.
Cllr Clancy is a sister of Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch (Lab) and is also related to Cork TD Ciaran Lynch.