11 people have been killed in seven separate road traffic accidents around the country since yesterday morning.

A 24-year-old man died at James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown this evening after a road accident in north Dublin this afternoon.

The man, who was in a motorised wheelchair, was struck by a truck at Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas.

Separately, three people have been killed in a road accident in Portlaoise, Co Laois.

The accident happened on the N8 at Clonad on the Portlaoise to Abbeyleix road at 2.45pm.

Gardaí say that two males and one female were killed when the car in which they were travelling was in collision with a lorry.

Another male who was in the car is said to have been seriously injured. He has been taken to Portlaoise General Hospital.

It is understood that the three people who died had been returning from the Oxygen Music Festival which was held at Punchestown, Co Kildare, at the weekend.

Two men died in two other road accidents which occurred this morning in Co Cork and Co Clare.

In Co Cork, a driver in his 20s was killed and another man was injured in a two-car crash at Crossmahon near Lissarda.

The deceased man has been named as 23-year-old Colin Hedderman from Beech Park, Ballincollig, Co Cork.

He was the single occupant of a red Toyota Starlet which was in collision with a Renault Megane at around 8.10am.

Mr Hedderman was travelling in the direction of Macroom when the crash happened.

The man in the other car - who is also in his 20s - was taken to Cork University Hospital, where his condition is described as 'stable'.

Meanwhile, another man in his 50s died when the car in which he was a passenger struck a bridge at Bealaha in Doonbeg, Co Clare.

The accident occurred at around 5.15am.

Gardaí at Kilrush, Co Clare, have named the victim of the collision as 54-year-old Seamus Whelan of Mountrivers, Doonbeg, Co Clare.

Probe begins into Co Galway collision

Separately, gardaí in Co Galway are investigating yesterday's road accident in which three members of a family were killed and three others were injured near Athenry.

The victims have been named as Johnny Moloney, 33, Yvonne Mahony, 24, of Danesfort Drive in Loughrea and their three-year-old daughter Bobbie.

The head-on collision occurred at a crossroads on the Craughwell-Athenry road just before 7.30pm last night.

Mr Moloney and Ms Mahone died at the scene; their daughter was taken to hospital in Galway but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Three people who were in the second car sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital in Galway.

The scene of the accident at Lodge Cross, where a busy link road and a narrow country road intersect, has been sealed off and is being examined by members of the Garda Accident Investigations Unit today.

Meanwhile, gardaí in Longford are continuing their investigation into a road accident in which a nine-year-old girl lost her life.

Michelle Glancy of Clonterm, Longford, was travelling in a car which lost control and overturned on the outskirts of the town yesterday afternoon.

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