Two people have died in separate road crashes in counties Kildare and Laois.

An articulated lorry and a car were involved in the collision. The woman driver of the car was fatally injured.

The driver of the lorry was uninjured

The accident took place on the Kilkock to Clane road at Painstown Cross.

Separately, a man in his 60s has died after a road accident near Portlaoise this afternoon.

The accident happened at 2.15pm at The Heath on the M7 Dublin to Cork motorway.

Girl dies following Co Down accident

An 11-year-old girl has died in hospital after being knocked down in Northern Ireland.

Rachael McConville, from the Rathfriland area, sustained fatal injuries when she was struck by a Volkswagen people carrier yesterday afternoon.

She was taken to hospital where she spent the night in a critical condition. Efforts to save her life were unsuccessful and she died earlier today.

Police have appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, which occurred at around 4.30pm yesterday, to contact them.