A 17-year-old boy has died in a crash in Co Monaghan.

The single-vehicle incident happened at Carrickaderry, Clontibret at around 1.30am.

The boy, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been removed to the mortuary at Monaghan General Hospital, where a post-mortem examination will take place.

The scene on the old N2 at Carrickaderry is closed pending a technical examination and diversions are in place.

Gardaí in Monaghan are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact them.

In particular, they are asking road users who were travelling in the Clontibret area this morning between 1am and 1.45am and who may have camera footage to make it available to them.

Minister Heather Humphreys, a local TD, said that "today, we woke up to the tragic news of the loss of a much-loved, young boy in Clontibret".

"Heartache and sadness have touched yet another Monaghan family. For a young life, with such a bright future, to be cut short in this way is truly devastating.

She offered her condolences to the family, adding: "There are no words that can truly capture how they are feeling at this time."