Three people have been killed in separate road incidents over a 16-hour period between Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The crashes occurred in counties Monaghan, Louth and Limerick and bring to about 40 the number of people killed on the State’s roads so far this year, according to provisional figures from the Garda.
The weekend deaths began with a two-car crash on the N2 near Knockaconny, in Co Monaghan at 11.15am on Saturday. The driver and sole occupant of one of the cars, a man aged in his 50s, received fatal injuries and his body was removed from the scene for postmortem.
Two people from the second car were taken to Drogheda and Cavan Hospitals for treatment of injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.
About 15 hours later, in the early hours of Sunday gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a single car, fatal crash on the R176 in Carlingford, Co Louth. The incident occurred shortly before 2.30am.
The driver, a man aged in his 30s, later died from his injuries. His body was removed to the mortuary at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda. A postmortem will take place in due course.
The road remained closed on Sunday morning with diversions in place. A technical examination of the scene will be made by Garda forensic collision investigators.
At 3.30am on Sunday morning gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene of a crash at in Kilduff, near Pallasgreen in Co Limerick.
The driver of the vehicle, a woman aged in her 20s, received fatal injuries following the crash.
A male passenger aged in his 30s is currently receiving treatment for serious injuries at University Hospital Limerick.
Two children, a girl and a toddler boy are also receiving medical treatment but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The road remains closed this morning with local diversions in place. A technical examination of the scene will take place later today by Garda forensic collision investigators.
Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to any of these crashes to contact them.