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Gardaí are appealing for the public’s assistance after two people were killed in a serious road traffic collision this morning.

A man in his 70s and a woman in her 30s were fatally injured in a road traffic collision on the Drumcondra Rd Lower at approximately 6.30 am.

The deceased male and female have been removed to the Dublin City Mortuary, Whitehall where a post mortem examination will take place.

Gardaí wish to renew their appeal to motorists with dashcams or anyone travelling on Drumcondra Rd Lower between 5.45am and 6.15am to contact Mountjoy Garda Station on 016668600 , the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda station.

A technical and forensic examination of the scene is currently underway. Drumcondra Road Lower will remain closed in both directions for a number of hours and diversions remain in place. Further updates will be available on Garda Twitter.

It is anticipated that the road will reopen at approximately 11am.




Coca-Cola is bringing back its hugely successful Designated Driver campaign this year in order to encourage the nation to give the 'Gift of a Lift this' December.

The campaign will offer free soft drinks to any drivers who stay sober to bring their loved ones home safely throughout Christmas; what a fab way to motivate us.

The Road Safety Authority and Coca-Cola HBC Ireland are joining forces to keep our roads safe, especially during a time where the pubs are full of people celebrating the season.

Over the last 14 years, over €7 million has been invested by Coca-Cola into the campaign to promote road safety, and have rewarded countless Christmas heroes who helped their friends and families get to where they needed to go.

The role of the Designated Driver can be a tedious one, but it's never worth the alternative. Getting yourself and your close friends and family home is the perfect way to give to them this Christmas.

An Garda Síochána, the Road Safety Authority and Drinkaware are all supporters of the campaign, which has local and national heroes such as GAA stars as its representatives.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross said;

“For many people, December will be a month of celebration; the way to ensure that the season remains festive is to plan ahead…so please, don’t drink and drive, instead travel with a designated driver and ensure you and your loved ones all get to 2019 safely.”

Any Designated Drivers can visit www.DesignatedDriver.ie to download a voucher for two free soft drinks, which can be presented at over 1000 pubs across Ireland. Otherwise they can simply make themselves known to bar staff.

I can think of a good few people who will be wanting the 'Gift of a Lift' this year, that's for sure.



Gardaí investigating a fatal road traffic collision at Bonavalley, Athlone resulting in the death of an 18-year-old teen on the 11th September 2018 are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The unidentified, young man was walking outside of Athlone Institute of Technology when the accident occurred on the morning of September 11th.

The injured victim was taken to Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore but loved ones were heartbroken when he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The driver of the car, who remains anonymous to the public, was uninjured.

Gardaí continue to appeal for witnesses, in particular, the driver of a white rigid truck with a tail lift who may have witnessed the accident occurring, to contact Athlone Garda Station on 090 6492600, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Any information could help them assess the situation more accurately and discover the truth about the devastating event that occurred.



One woman has died after the car she was travelling in was struck by a falling tree in Co Waterford this afternoon. 

The news was confirmed by Waterford county council. 

It's been reported that another person was seriously injured in the incident at Aglish in the west of the county.

Motorists are reminded to practice caution while on the roads and to avoid any unnecessary travel. 




A man in his 20s has died in a single-vehicle collision in Co Roscommon.

A Garda investigation in underway following the incident which took place on the R293 Ballaghaderreen to Gurteen Road at around 8am on Sunday morning.

It's understood no one else was involved in the accident which saw the victim's van collided with a tree.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has since been removed to Roscommon University Hospital.

Diversions have been put in place while a forensic examination is carried out.

Witnesses are asked to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094-9621630, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.


A 22-year-old mad has died in a road crash in Portarlington, Co Laois.

The young man died when the car he was driving collided with a wall and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident that occurred at Kilmullen, Portarlington Co Laois at approximately 3.50am this morning.

His body has been taken to Midland Regionbal Hospital in Portlaoise and the stretch of road has been closed off to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.

There have been no reports of any other injuries. 

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 8674100, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.



An eight-year-old boy is in a serious condition after being rushed to hospital following a road accident in Co Meath this evening.

The boy was stuck by a car at Abbeylands South, Navan, at around 3:00pm this afternoon.

He has been taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda where his injuries have been described as serious.

Gardaí have confirmed that no one else was injured in the incident and an investigation has been launched.

Officers from the Navan Garda station in Meath have closed off the surrounding area near the junction and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on (046) 9079930.

Road diversions are expected to remain in place until later this evening.



In the worst traffic accident to happen in France in more than three decades, at least 42 people have been killed in a horrific head-on collision in the south-west of the country.

The country's president Francois Hollande has already said he is "deeply saddened" by the incident and has declared that the French government is doing everything it can.

RTÉ News reports that a truck and a bus collided near the village of Puisseguin, located about 55km north-east of Bordeaux, at 7.30am local time. Local media is furthermore saying that both the coach and the lorry burst into flames upon impact – something which undoubtedly contributed to the unusually high death toll.

Around 60 firefighters were called to the scene to deal with the crash. 

Both drivers are dead, along with at least 40 others – French pensioners off to Les Landes for a walking trip – who were travelling on the bus. Only eight are believed to have survived the collision. Four of those have relatively minor injuries, with the other four battling serious brain trauma or burns. 

Puisseguin Mayor Xavier Sublett told RTL radio this morning that he believes the truck driver lost control of the vehicle.

The bus driver "tried to avoid it, but the truck came and hit it, and he couldn't do anything except activate the mechanism to open the doors to allow some people to get out," Mr Sublett said.

Driving conditions this morning in the region were normal, but Gérard Dupuy, a town hall official in Puisseguin, told France Info the crash happened on a dangerous bend where there had been other accidents in the past.