TWO people are dead and six people were seriously injured, all of them aged between 19 and 26, following a morning of carnage on Dublin’s roads.
Gardai have issued a warning for people to slow down, following two separate serious incidents involving young drivers in the capital.
A young woman died on the northside while a 21-year-old man also lost his life when the car he was travelling in overturned just outside Tallaght.
The first accident happened when a car collided with a pole at the junction of Fairview and the Malahide Road at 1.52am.
The vehicle was carrying two passengers, along with the driver.
A woman in her 20s was taken from the scene by ambulance to the Mater Hospital, but was later pronounced dead. She was a passenger in the car.
A 20-year-old man, who was also a passenger, was taken to St James’s Hospital where his condition has been described as serious but stable.
The driver of the car, a 26-year-old man, was taken to Beaumont Hospital, where he is fighting for his life in a critical condition.
The car was almost completely destroyed in the crash.
Occupants of the vehicle had to be cut out, with the roof removed, such was the extent of the damage.
There was widespread disruption to traffic in the area following the early morning incident.
The road was closed by gardai for forensic examination and remained closed for a large part of the morning.
The Clontarf Road to Howth Road junction inbound was closed with motorists diverted to the Alfie Byrne Road.
In a separate incident, a young man was killed in a single vehicle crash on the N81, Blessington Road.
The collision occurred at around 2.40am when a car collided with a tree and overturned.
There were five people in the car at the time of the collision. The 21-year-old man was seriously injured in the collision and pronounced dead at the scene.
Four other men, aged 19, 20,21 and 22, were taken to St Vincent’s Hospital and Tallaght Hospital where they are each being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The road was closed for a forensic collision examination and diversions were in place.
Gardai have appealed for witnesses to either crash to contact any garda station or call the confidential line on 1800 666 111.
Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey expressed his sympathy to the families of this morning’s fatalities.
He appealed for motorists to slow down and never drink and drive.
But he said that more gardai would be out over the Bank Holiday weekend for those who refuse to do so.
“The clear message for those who don’t listen and heed the advice that we are giving, we are running a specific enforcement campaign right across the country in every county.