Gardaí are urging road users to take care on the roads this bank holiday weekend.

They say they will be out in force targeting drink-driving, speeding and motorists using mobile phones.

58 people have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year - a decrease of seven on the same period last year. 

Gardaí say they will be mounting checkpoints during what is a traditionally dangerous period on the country's roads.

They will be targetting motorists drink-driving, speeding or using their mobile phones.

It is also expected to be a busy weekend at the country's airports.

More than 220,000 passengers will travel through Dublin Airport over the course of the long weekend.

50,000 people are expected to pass through Cork Airport while 17,000 are expected at Shannon.

Irish Rail says 150,000 passengers will travel on its intercity services.

Bus Éireann is also expecting a busy weekend. It estimates that up 200,000 passengers will use its services between today and Tuesday.