Woman in her 40s and man (21) killed in early morning road collisions
Two people have died following two separate accidents on the roads.
The first accident happened in Fairview, Dublin on the Malahide Road at the Marino Mart junction around 2 am.
A female passenger in suffered fatal injuries when the car collided with a pole at Fairview. She was taken to the Mater hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
She has been named this evening as 43-year-old Sinead Maguire of Bayview Avenue, Dublin 3.
The three occupants in the car were seriously injured. A male (20) was taken to St James hospital where his condition is being described as stable. The driver of the car, a man aged 26, was taken to Beaumont hospital where his condition is described as critical.
The road has since been reopened both ways.
The second accident occurred on the N81 Dublin/Blessington Road between Brittas and Citywest when a car collided with a tree at approximately 2.40am.
There were five occupants in the car. A 21-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene.
The four other males in the car (aged 19, 20, 21 and 22) were taken to Tallaght and St Vincent's Hospitals for treatment.
Their conditions are being described as non life-threatening.
The N81 at Brittas Village is currently closed for a Forensic Collision examination and diversions are in place. Gardai believe it could be midday before the road is reopened.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them on the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
Meanwhile, Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey has warned drivers to slow down this coming Bank Holiday weekend. The June Bank Holiday is the worst bank holiday for fatalities on the roads.
There will be an increased Garda presence on the roads this weekend urging motorists to slow down.
“There will also be a National Slow Down Day tomorrow between 7am and 7pm where awareness will be raised of the dangers and risks of driving at speed,” Assistant Commissioner Twomey told RTE’s Radio One this morning.
“We have written to 130 private companies, the individual Government departments and local authorities across the country asking them to spread the word to individuals who in turn will talk to their friends and family about reducing their speed on the country’s roads,” he continued.
“Speed is a major contribution to all road fatalities. If you reduce your speed, you reduce the risk of a road fatality,” he said.
“We can prevent this road carnage if we slow down.”