FOUR more people have been killed on the roads.
The latest crash claimed the life of a 20-year-old Tullamore man who was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Co Offaly last night.
The accident happened close to the Laois border on the Clonaslee Road between Gurteen and Scrubb Cross shortly after 10pm.
The victim is thought to have lost control of his vehicle before it struck a concrete post.
Meanwhile, a 19-year-old woman, who was seriously injured after her car overturned and hit a lamppost four days ago, died in hospital yesterday.
The crash happened on the N81, near Tallaght, Dublin, about 1am on Saturday.
Her death came as two pedestrians were killed in separate accidents in Co Kildare. A 59-year-old male pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a car at Silliot Hill, Kildare, at 7.30am yesterday.
Gardai have asked anyone who may have witnessed this accident to contact Kildare garda station on 045 527730, the Garda Confidential Line on 1-800-666-111, or any garda station.
On Tuesday night, a 33-year-old Dublin man was seriously injured shortly before 10.30pm when he was struck by a vehicle on the outskirts of Castledermot, Co Kildare, on the N9 during heavy rain. He was taken to Naas General Hospital where he died a short time later.
The man, whose brother lives in the area, was hit by the vehicle at Hobartstown, on the old N9 road, on the Dublin side of the town. Gardai said that he would not be named until all his family had been notified.
Sgt Chris Cahill of Castledermot has asked for motorists who may have been travelling on the N9 that night between 10pm and 10.30pm to contact them. The local gardai can be contacted at 059 9144112.
Kildare County Council's road safety officer Declan Keogh said it was an awful start to a new year for any family and he warned people of the importance and invaluable use of wearing a high-visibility vest. A total of eight people have been killed on the roads so far this year.
In Co Cork, a garda suffered serious injuries last night when he was knocked down while on traffic duty at a funeral. The garda -- who is in his early 30s -- was injured when he was struck by a car at Tower, Blarney, shortly before 6pm.
He was on foot attempting to direct traffic when he was accidentally struck by a passing vehicle and sustained serious leg injuries. An ambulance rushed the garda to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where he was scheduled to undergo emergency surgery.