Two men killed in separate early-morning crashes
A pedestrian in his 60s has died after he was struck by a car in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The incident occurred on the R513 at Hospital, Co Limerick at approximately 1am this morning.
The man was fatally injured when he was struck by a car while he was walking along the road.
He was brought to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.
The driver of the car was uninjured.
This stretch of road is currently closed pending forensic examination and local diversions are in place.
In a separate road traffic collision, a man in his 30s was killed when the car he was driving left the road and hit a fence.
The single vehicle crash occurred on the N52 at Ardcroney (10km north of Nenagh, north Tipperary) at approximately 2am this morning.
The man - the sole occupant of the car - was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to University Hospital Limerick.
This stretch of road is also currently closed pending a forensic examination by garda investigators.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to either incident to contact their local garda station.
The death of the two men brings Ireland's road death toll to 128 so far this year.
Another male pedestrian (60s) died in the early hours of Thursday morning after he was struck by a truck on Wednesday night.
The road death toll has increased by 18pc this year compared with the same period in 2015.
"There have been 125 deaths on our roads compared to 106 in the same period in 2015," an RSA spokesperson told Independent.ie earlier this week, ahead of the latest fatalities.
"It is too early to say what is causing the rise in the deaths. However, we have noticed a marked increase (+27pc) in the number of vehicle occupant deaths."
Figures from the Road Safety Authority indicate that, however, that there has been "an overall slight decline in vulnerable road user deaths".
However, following the death of cyclist Donna Fox, who was hit by a truck in Dublin's city centre last week, concerns are growing over road safety as her death brings to nine the number of cyclists killed on the roads so far this year.
The funeral of Donna Fox will be held this morning.