There are delays on most major routes this afternoon ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

There is a more than 70min delay on the N6 Dublin to Galway road westbound through Moate and a 20 to 30 minute delay heading eastbound.

Motorists on the N8 Dublin to Cork road are experiencing delays of up to 30min southbound through Abbeyleix.

Traffic is extremely heavy around Dublin.

Traffic is very heavy following a crash outbound at the N7 junction at the Long Mile road.

Traffic is also moving very slowly inbound from before Newlands Cross on the N7 to the Red Cow roundabout.

AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to avoid Clondalkin Village completely.

Traffic is tailing back almost to the N7 on the Fonthill Rd and to the roundabout at Woodford Hill on Monastery Road.

The Belgard Road is very slow approaching the Naas Road also.

The Road Safety Authority is urging all road users to exercise caution on the roads over the Bank Holiday weekend, which is typically one of the busiest times on our roads.

For those planning to head off for a long weekend break, the RSA is advising the following:

Drive at a speed appropriate to the conditions and environment Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

Take frequent breaks to combat driver fatigue, and never drive if you find yourself fighting tiredness at the wheel.

Never drink and drive and use a designated driver or make alternative arrangements.

Make sure seatbelts are worn by people in front and back seats.

Expect the unexpected, and watch out for vulnerable road users.