Two women have died in a collision between a car and a minibus in Co Carlow.

The incident happened at 3.30pm at Rathwade Cross, Bagenalstown.

Two women in the car, one believed to be in her 50s and the other believed to be in her 70s, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two children in the vehicle were taken to St Luke's General Hospital in Kilkenny. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The driver and a woman in the minibus, who are believed to be in their late 40s or early 50s, were also taken to St Luke’s hospital. 

The road in the area was closed to facilitate an examination at the scene by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions were in place.

It brings the death toll on the country's roads so far this year, to 66.

Separately, a man is in a critical condition following a collision between two cars at Brennan's Glenn on the main Tralee to Killarney road.

An elderly man in one of the cars travelling towards Killarney was taken to Kerry General Hospital.

Two men in the other car are understood to have minor injuries.

In Northern Ireland, three people have been killed in separate road crashes.

A man, whose age and identity has not yet been disclosed, was killed in a crash near Portrush.

Two vehicles were involved in the collision which happened on the Ballybogey Road shortly before 8pm.

A teenage boy died after he was knocked down while walking in Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone.

A man in his 20s was killed in a three-vehicle crash close to Larne in Co Antrim. The PSNI is appealing for witnesses to come forward.