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Sunday 22 October 2017

Dad-of-five killed in motorbike accident

A DUBLIN father-of-five was killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV in a horror smash in Co Monaghan.

The man, understood to be from near Blanchardstown in Dublin 15, was last night named locally as Mark Downey who is aged in his 40s and who worked as an electrician.

Gardai are investigating after Mr Downey's motorcycle was involved in a collision with an SUV on the main N2 Dublin/Derry route between Castleblayney and Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan.

The smash occurred around 1.30pm yesterday at an area known as Broomfield.

Gardai from Monaghan said the father-of-five suffered fatal injuries in the collsion and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where a post mortem was due to be carried out.

Investigating gardai sealed off the road to allow a Forensic Collision Investigation. Diversions were put in place and the road remained yesterday evening.

There have been a number of fatal crashes along the stretch of road which one local councillor Jackie Crowe describing it as "very treacherous".

Meanwhile gardai in Limerick have appealed for witnesses after a female cyclist was killed after colliding with an articulated truck

Gardai said the woman was in her 30s and from Spain. She was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem will be carried out.

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