One of three who died in horror crash sister of Irish ex-minister
Former Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan is mourning the loss of his sister Mary, who was among the three women killed in a devastating road crash in west Limerick earlier this week.
Tributes have also been paid to Mary Costello (73) and Mary Bradley (77) who were also killed, while Mary Griffin (70) was the only survivor in the collision.
Mary Bradley was the driver and sole occupant of one of the cars in the crash at about 6.30pm on Thursday on the N69 just outside Loghill village.
The other three women were all travelling in another car, with Ms Noonan (78) driving, on their way to the Listowel Writers' Festival in Co Kerry.
Ms Noonan and Mrs Costello were living in Loghill.
Local parish priest Tomas Crawford said the accident had left the entire community shaken and urged drivers to take care on the road.
He said the cause of the accident was unclear as it was a straight stretch of road.
"They are not the type of women who would have been speeding anyway," he added.
Earlier, Fr Crawford told RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland programme that he came across the incident shortly afterwards.
"All I could do in that kind of scene was pray over them as well as I could. It seemed to have been a terrible accident. It was a straight stretch of the road."
Injured woman Mary Griffin was in the back seat of the car driven by Ms Noonan.
She is being treated at University Hospital Limerick for injuries which are described as non-life threatening.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and other politicians expressed shock at the accident and offered their sympathies to the families involved.
Mr Varadkar said the road accident was "devastating news".
He said Ms Noonan and her former finance minister brother "went everywhere together" and added: "It's going to be very tough on him".
"The whole Fine Gael family is shocked and full of sorrow."