At least 14 vehicles have been involved in a major pile-up on one of the country’s busiest road junctions.
The series of collisions occurred near the Dunkettle interchange just outside Cork shortly before 3pm.
Gardai said the accidents happened on the N25 as vehicles travelled from the Midleton direction, about 600m on the city side of the roundabout.
Emergency services were at the scene and the road closed but no serious injuries have been reported.
“The road is currently closed and diversions are in place. Motorist are asked to use alternative routes,” the Garda press office said.
Traffic corps officers also appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact Anglesea Street Garda station in Cork or any other station or hotline.
Elsewhere, a 69-year-old man has died after the car he was driving hit a ditch at Castlegal in Cliffoney, Co Sligo at about 3pm on Monday.