One of the men who died in a crash near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, has been named as Councillor PJ Branley who was the Mayor of Ballyshannon.

Mr Branley, 58, was a passenger in a van which was in collision with a car. The driver of the van and the driver of the car also lost their lives in the crash.

Ballyshannon Town Council paid tribute to Mr Branley's work as a Sinn Féin councillor and community activist.

Cllr Branley was elected to Ballyshannon Town Council in June 2004 and was elected as Mayor last June. He was married with six children.

The other victims of the crash have not yet been named.

A garda investigation is under way into the road crash.

The incident happened at about 10am on the N15, the main road between Ballyshannon and Donegal town.