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Pedestrian (27) dies after being struck by minibus

A Bus Eireann mechanic was killed when he was hit by a minibus in Louth yesterday.

Finbar Carroll (27) from Carlingford was one of two young men who died on our roads at the weekend.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses following Mr Carroll's death around 2.45am yesterday.

The man was killed while walking from Carlingford village towards the Dundalk road.

He was in an area known as The Liberties when he was struck by a minibus.

Mr Carroll, who was building a house in the area, died at the scene and his body was taken to Louth County Hospital in Dundalk. Gardai said passengers on the bus were not injured.

The road was sealed off for hours by garda forensic crash investigators.

Mr Carroll was a mechanic in Bus Eireann's Dundalk garage since 2007 and did his apprenticeship with the company.

It is understood that he had been working earlier on Saturday.

A spokesman for Bus Eireann passed on its condolences to Mr Carroll's family last night.

A local man, who did not want to be named, described Mr Carroll as "a likable and diligent young man" who will be missed.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out today.

Gardai have asked for any witnesses to contact them on Dundalk Garda Station 042 9388400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111.

The Louth accident happened just a day after a young man (21) was killed in Cavan.

Paul Donohoe drowned when his car turned over in a water-filled ditch after 6.30am on Saturday.

A passenger in the car, Shane King, suffered minor injuries after being thrown from the vehicle when it left the road on the Killydoon to Gowna road.

Mr Donohoe, understood to be one of six children, was described as popular and had played underage football for local club Mullahoran.

He comes from a farming background and was known to have helped his father around the farm during the summer.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Danny Brady described him as a "jolly" young man.

"He was a good young fella, a hard working fella," Mr Brady said. "It's a tragedy for them (the family)."

Irish Independent