At least ten people lost their lives in a series of car crashes in the Republic of Ireland over the weekend.
Gardai in Buncrana, Co Donegal, were last night investigating a fatal road crash in which eight young men died.
The men were in a car travelling near Buncrana in Co Donegal when it collided with another vehicle at about 10.20pm last night.
The crash happened on the Drumfree/Clonmany Road.
Garda liaison officers were expected to spend several hours this morning contacting the families of those who died.
Gardai said later that it was believed the eight victims were in two different cars.
The road remained cordoned off to allow for further technical examinations by road traffic officers.
Ireland's road safety record has dramatically improved in the last few years and the country is now seventh out of 27 European Union states for road deaths per million population.
The number of road deaths in the Republic fell by 41% over the last eight years.
Elsewhere, a 43-year-old Scottish man was killed when the car he was driving crashed into a ditch at Glennagevlagh, Leenane, Co Galway, at 1.15am yesterday.
The man, who had been living in Westport, Co Mayo, for a number of years, was the only occupant of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Earlier in the weekend, a 27-year-old woman was killed when her car crashed in Co Tipperary. The vehicle left the Fethard to Cashel road and mounted a ditch, before coming to rest in a field some time after 3am on Saturday.
Gardai came across the car at 9am and the woman's body was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital for a post-mortem examination.
She has been named locally as Aideen O'Donnell from Kilconnell, near Fethard in Co Tipperary.
Source Irish Independent