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Pain at loss of crash girls too familiar

Two young women were buried yesterday. Funerals for their two friends are being held today.

Chermaine Carroll, Gemma Nolan, Ashling Middleton and Niamh Doyle - all aged 19 or 20 - lost their lives as 2015 got off to a horrific start on the country's roads.

Their friend Dayna Kearney remains in hospital.

Their loss on a road just outside Athy has brought utter heartbreak to their loved ones. It's a pain that has been all too familiar to hundreds of families around the country over the past few years.

A total of 196 people were killed on the roads in 2014, the second year in a row that the grim toll has increased.

The trend needs to be reversed this year. With seven people already losing their lives in 2015, the Road Safety Authority and gardai have a huge job on their hands to make sure this happens.

Meanwhile, every motorist, cyclist and pedestrian has to do their bit to make sure we all remain safe on the road.