A 47-year-old man has died in a road crash in Co Laois.

The crash happened on the M7 Dublin-Limerick road near Portlaoise shortly before 10pm last night.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.

The road was closed for a technical examination but has now reopened.

Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to contact them.