A five-year-old girl has died after being struck by a van in Co Laois.

The toddler was hit by the van in St Brigid’s Place in Portlaoise at about 12.20pm.

She was pronounced dead after being taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact gardaí in Portlaoise on 057-8674100 or to call the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.