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Girl (16) among seven killed in 48 hours of 'carnage' on our roads

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Gardai investigate a collision between two cars on the M1 at Carrickarnan in Co Louth where three people died

Gardai investigate a collision between two cars on the M1 at Carrickarnan in Co Louth where three people died

Gardai investigate a collision between two cars on the M1 at Carrickarnan in Co Louth where three people died

A teenage girl was the latest victim on a weekend of "appalling" carnage on Irish roads that claimed seven lives in less than 48 hours.

Roisin Hession (16), from Tuam in Co Galway, was a passenger in a car that crashed into a wall and ended up on its roof in a single-vehicle crash at Porridgetown near Oughterard at 1.15am yesterday.

Her body was removed to the mortuary in University Hospital Galway, where a post-mortem was due to take place.

The male driver of the car (21) suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Gardai in Salthill, Co Galway, are appealing to road users who may have travelled the route and can assist them, or drivers who may have dash cam footage, to call them at Salthill Garda Station (091 514720), the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111) or any garda station.

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The fatality followed six deaths on the nation's roads between Friday night and Saturday morning.

The loss of life has been described as "an appalling level of carnage" by the Road Safety Authority.

In the worst single loss of life, three people were killed following a two-car collision in Co Louth in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The crash happened at about 2.15am on the N1 at Carrickcarnan, south of Junction 20 on the main Dublin to Belfast road near Dundalk.

A mother and son, Mary (88) and Kevin Faxton (58), from Bessbrook in Newry, were pronounced dead in one car. In the second car, Brian McGill (25), also from Newry, was killed.

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Brian McGill (pictured) and mother and son Mary and Kevin Faxton were killed in a two-car collision on the N1 at Carrickcarnan in the early hours of Saturday

Brian McGill (pictured) and mother and son Mary and Kevin Faxton were killed in a two-car collision on the N1 at Carrickcarnan in the early hours of Saturday

Brian McGill (pictured) and mother and son Mary and Kevin Faxton were killed in a two-car collision on the N1 at Carrickcarnan in the early hours of Saturday

Their bodies were removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

A man in his 20s in the second car was also seriously injured in the crash.

He was also taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital for treatment.

Gardai investigating the two-car collision yesterday arrested a man in his 20s.

It is understood he is being detained under the provisions of Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act and was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death.

The detained man has an address in the North.

A man and a woman in their 60s died in a collision with a 4x4 in Cavan on the N55 in Ballinagh, Co Cavan, around 7pm on Friday.

They were named as Ian Kennedy (67), the driver of the car, from Co Tyrone, and his passenger Margaret McAllister (68), from Portadown.

The death toll rose when a male pedestrian in his 20s died after being hit by a lorry in a separate incident in Co Monaghan on Saturday.

It happened on the N54 between Monaghan town and Clones in the townland of Bandrum.

He was named locally as Ericks Caune (27), from Cootehill Road in Monaghan.

Gardai are appealing to witnesses to contact them at Monaghan Garda Station on 04777240, the Garda Confidential Line or at any garda station.