Drivers warned on Arctic conditions
Road chiefs and An Garda Siochana have issued a fresh joint appeal for road users to take extreme care in the Arctic conditions after three road accidents in the last 24 hours.
Assistant Commissioner John Twomey urged motorists to stay safe during dangerous driving conditions.
"With less than three weeks to go to Christmas, I would appeal to all road users to take extreme care when using the roads and make sure this festive season is free from grief and tragedy," he said.
Two men were killed and a third man injured when a car struck a tree in Co Limerick. The collision is being investigated by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission.
Separately, a 67-year-old man died when it is believed he suffered a heart attack and crashed his car near Oldcastle, Co Meath.
Noel Brett, of the Road Safety Authority, said there is a danger motorists will be lulled into a false sense of security as conditions improve after the recent freezing conditions.
He warned roads right across the country remain extremely dangerous with lingering patches of snow and ice posing serious risks for all road-users.
"When the expected thaw sets in it will present even more challenges for all road-users," he said.
"The main danger will be from melting snow and ice. Slush will build up on the roads and they will become very wet, there may even be a risk of localised flooding.
"Combined with grit on the roads there will be an increased risk of skidding."