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Three people die in separate road crashes across weekend

Three people have died in separate road incidents within a 24-hour period, bringing to 61 the number of deaths on Irish roads since January.

A man died following a crash involving a van in south Dublin this morning.

The single-vehicle crash happened at around 6.15am on the Churchtown Road Upper in Dundrum, Dublin 14.

The man, who was in his 60s, was the sole occupant of the van and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A technical examination of the scene was completed earlier and the road has since reopened.

Road users who were in the area and may have camera footage, including dash-cam, have been asked to make it available to gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dundrum Garda Station on 01 666 5600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

Elsewhere, a man in his 20s died following a single vehicle crash in Co Wicklow yesterday evening.

The incident happened at around 6.30pm at Tombreane in Carnew.

The man, who was a motorcyclist, was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin with serious injuries. He was later pronounced dead.

In Co Cork, a man in his 40s died after a collision on the N25 in the early hours of this morning.

The incident, which involved a car and a pedestrian, happened around 1.30am this morning on the N25 eastbound at Water-Rock in Midleton.

IRVA ‘very concerned’ at number of road deaths

The vice-president of the Irish Road Victim’s Association (IRVA) said he is “very, very concerned” and “saddened” at the number of deaths on the roads so far this year.

Leo Lieghio, whose 16-year-old daughter Marsia was killed in a hit and run in Dublin in 2005, said the IRVA is concerned by the trend.

He said “people are dying at an alarming rate” in incidents and he described it as “just shocking”.

“And we don’t even talk about the people who suffer life changing injuries and what their families are going through,” he added.

Mr Lieghio believes road users have become complacent and he said it appears road safety appeals are “falling on deaf ears”.

“People are seeing the numbers but they are not seeing the suffering,” he said.

Vice-president of the Irish Road Victim’s Association Leo Lieghio

The IRVA has called for “immediate action” to address the number of road deaths.

“The Government are all talk at the moment. Immediate action is needed now. We have had enough talk.”

Mr Lieghio has also appealed to motorists to slow down and not to take risks.

“It just breaks my heart seeing all these young people dying. If the roads are bad and the weather is bad, you need to slow down.”

“People need to take responsibility, and if they don’t, the Government and the judiciary have to step in. We’ve done enough talking.”

He said what happened to his daughter “never leaves” his head and he said “it is a wide circle of people who are impacted” by a road death.

“We are members of a club that we don’t want to be members of and the club is getting bigger and bigger every year.”

Mr Lieghio said he does not want other families having to go through what his family have gone through.

Additional reporting: Fergal O’Brien, Samantha Libreri


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