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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Man held on suspicion of causing women's deaths

Victim Mairead Mundy
Victim Mairead Mundy

Gardai have arrested a man on suspicion of causing the deaths of three women by dangerous driving.

The women died on the N2 at Aclint, north of Ardee, on the Louth/Monaghan border, in the early hours of July 21.

He has been detained at Carrickmacross Garda Station in Co Monaghan.

The crash occurred as the women were travelling home from Dublin Airport after a family holiday.

The victims, all from Co Donegal, were Margaret McGonagle (69), from Castlereagh, Bruckless; her daughter Mairead Mundy, aged in her 30s and from Ballyloughan, Bruckless; and her friend Racheal Cassidy Battles, also aged in her 30s and from Ballyloughan.

They were travelling to Donegal in two cars when the accident happened on the N2 near Aclint Bridge, a few kilometres north of Ardee. The crash involved three cars.

Ruthless

Speaking at the time, Ardee Cllr Delores Minogue said it was a terrible tragedy.

"The hearts of the community go out to their relatives at this sad time," she said.

"The N2 in this region is a ruthless road. I have been leading a campaign to get more filter lanes on the road in these areas.

"There have been several very serious road accidents along the N2."

Monaghan Cllr Colm Carthy, also speaking at the time, said: "It's devastating. Our thoughts are with the families involved."

He called the road a death trap that had claimed a number of lives.

"It is a reminder of deaths that have happened all too often now," he said.

The three were laid to rest on July 24. Mourners included Racheal's four children and Mairead's only child, Caoimhin O'Neill (13), whose dad also died tragically eight years ago.

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