Two men have died in separate motorcycle accidents in Limerick.
The first incident, which took place at 7.40pm yesterday evening, led to the death of a man in his 20s who was seriously injured after his motorcycle left the road at O'Malley Park.
He was treated at the scene and taken to University Hospital Limerick but was unfortunately pronounced dead a short time later.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is still ongoing.
Gardaí are also seeking witnesses to a second fatal crash involving a motorcyclist in Limerick City.
The man, believed to be in his 50s, sustained serious injuries when his motorcycle struck a roundabout at Quinn's Cross, Mungret at 7.30pm.
He was also taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station 061 214340 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
Robert Anker, a former star of the dance group Diversity, has died, aged 27.
According to a Just Giving page set up by his family, the Essex native was involved in a horror car crash in Canada.
Robert, who preformed with the dance group when they won Britain's Got Talent in 2009, moved to Canada last year to be with his fianceé, Cyndi.
Following the groups success on the hit ITV show, the dancer paved a successful career in the entertainment industry, working on The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing , as well a a number of films including Bring It On.
His cousin, Rochelle Hanson, has set up a Just Giving page to help pay for his funeral costs.
She said in the emotional post: “The family are devastated."
“He only just got married in September 2016 to a lovely Canadian girl and they were starting their new life out there."
“He's been in Diversity, the West End show Thriller and various TV Shows and music videos as well as be part of the new Bring It On film."
Update: A man travelling as a passenger in a taxi has died following a car crash in the early hours of Friday morning.
Earlier: A taxi driver and his passenger have been rushed to hospital following a major accident in Dublin's north inner city last night.
The vehicle they were travelling in collided with another car at around 1:40am at the junction of the North Circular Road and Portland Row.
The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, according to Gardaí.
Gardaí had put diversions in place overnight, but the road had since been re-opened.
The injured men have been taken to the Mater Hospital where they are being treated for serious injuries.
Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was involved in a car crash in Switzerland yesterday, which sparked a flurry of worry among his fans.
Richard was filming a segment for the second season of his Amazon Prime show, The Grand Tour, when his car rolled off a hill and burst into flames.
He was airlifted to hospital after losing control of a Rimac Concept One electric car while taking part in the famous Hemburg time trial.
His co-presenter, Jeremy Clarkson described the crash as one of the worst he's ever seen.
Speaking to his fans on DriveTribe in a post called I'm Not Dead, Richard thanked the medical team that treated him last night, as well as his other co-presenter James May for smuggling gin into the hospital.
He also apologised to his wife and daughter for getting into the situation in the first place.
Looking at the video (which you can watch here), Richard is in good spirits and still joking around with his crew.
RTÉ has confirmed that the pilot of a light aircraft has died in Co. Waterford this afternoon.
The man was the only one travelling in the plane before it crashed into trees in a field in the Dungarvan area.
It has been reported that the man took off from Waterford Airport shortly after 4pm.
Gardaí say the man was eldery and not from the local area.
The scene of the crash, which is about 200m from the Dungarvan-Waterford road, has been sealed off for further investigation.
Our thoughts are with his family.
Just one day after a collision involving a heavily pregnant woman on the N20 in Co Cork, AA Roadwatch have advised the public that a second serious collision has taken place in the county today.
According to emerging reports, the incident occurred when a jeep travelling the wrong way on the M8 near Rathcormac crashed into a van shortly after 11.30 this morning.
It has been established that the collision occurred near junction 16, approximately 20 km outside the city.
It has been reported that the incident has resulted in one fatality and critical injuries.
Emergency services are currently on the scene, and diversions are now in place.
A Russian jet carrying 92 passengers has crashed into the Black Sea. However, Russian senior officials believe it was not a terror attack.
The plane disappeared minutes after taking off over the Black Sea, which had departed at 5:40am local time from Adler, Sochi.
According to Sky News, a body has been found in the water.
There was 64 members of the Red Army Choir, who were heading to Syria to give a concert at a Russian air base there.
Nine members of the media were among the people on board.
Eight crew were also on the plane.
This is a breaking story, more to follow…
According to emerging reports, a tour bus crashed into a Red Line Luas at Smithfield earlier this morning.
Emergency services were called to the scene at 11am and it has been established that there have been no reports of injuries.
The public have, however, been advised that trams will not be running between Smithfield and The Point, and there will be further delays down the line.
Customers have been made aware of the disruption through social media, with the official Luas website offering further details.
"Please be advised that Luas services are running between Saggart, Tallaght and Blackhorse only due to incident on the line at Smithfield," it read "There are no services between The Point/Connolly and Blackhorse."
Customers have been assured that Luas tickets are valid on Dublin Bus services for the duration.
Sir Richard Branson was involved in a high-speed bicycle crash on the British Virgin Islands on Monday.
The tycoon revealed how he feared for his life after crashing head first while on a bicycle.
The 66-year-old was on a training cycle run with his children, Holly and Sam, when the terrifying accident happened.
After the crash, Richard was taken to a hospital in Miami, Florida, for X-rays and scans. There, they found that he has torn ligaments and a cracked cheek.
He told the Daily Mail: "I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a 'sleeping policeman' hump in the road head on.
"The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes. I really thought I was going to die."
We're glad he got out OK!
Numerous videos and images have this morning been flooding social media – all showing the terrifying moment a large Emirates plane hit the runway in Dubai earlier today.
A total of 282 passengers and 18 crew were on the plane at the time and all flights in and out of Dubai International have now been suspended.
Some 24 people on board are from the UK, while four are Irish. The majority are Indian nationals.
Government and air-traffic control officials in the UAE have now confirmed that the Boeing 777-300 jet crash-landed at the airport shortly after 1pm local time – 9am Irish time.
Thankfully, there are no reports of injuries and everyone was evacuated safely without incident.
The three-hour flight took off from Trivandrum International Airport in India at around 6am Irish time.
The captain is understood to have sent out and emergency signal shortly before the plane was due to land.
Witnesses say the aircraft was billowing smoke shortly upon approach.
Confirming that all on board were accounted for and safe, Emirates said this afternoon in a statement: "We are expecting a 4-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels."
It added: "The main priority remains with those involved and offering support to concerned family and friends."
Emirates added that telephone lines are now active for family members: UAE – 8002111 UK – 00442034508853 US – 0018113502081
According to numerous emerging reports, 14 people have lost their lives after a bus carrying university students crashed in Spain earlier this morning.
The vehicle, which was carrying Erasmus students from several different countries, was travelling to Barcelona from Valencia when it collided with a car and overturned on the AP-7 motorway near Freginals – a town which is approximately 60 miles south of Tarragona.
It has been established that approximately 20 fire crews and seven ambulance crews are currently working at the scene in an effort to free casualties who are trapped inside the bus.
Commenting on the morning's tragic events, mayor of Freginals, Josep Roncero, said: "The coach crash is a tragedy. At the moment there are 14 fatalities. Many Erasmus students were travelling in the vehicle."
"The coach has crossed the central reservation and overturned. It’s the worst accident I can remember," he continued. "All the injured have now been transferred to different hospitals in the area."
While the nationalities of the dead and injured have not yet been confirmed, reports indicate that the students travelling on the ill-fated bus were studying at Barcelona University.
Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the tragedy.
Just when you thought the traffic problems were dying down, a cow (yes, a COW) is now loose on the M50.
Les Kennedy kindly tweeted a picture of the cow to alert other drivers about the inconvenience on the road between Juction 17 M11 and Junction 5 Bray North.
This comes after a morning of hectic traffic conditions which saw a major collision between a car and a truck. A woman was left fighting for her life following the crash near Juction 7 Lucan.
The woman was taken to Tallaght Hospital for treatment with police saying her condition is still critical.
Then, just three hours later there was another collision between two cars on J6 Blanchardstown, which means commuters faced further delays.