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Varadkar appeals to motorists after four deaths on Irish roads

Both the Transport Minister and the Gardaí have issued appeals to motorists to stay safe on the roads this weekend.

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THE TRANSPORT MINISTER and the Gardaí have appealed for motorists to drive safely on the roads this Bank Holiday weekend following four road deaths in the last 24 hours.

Gardaí have renewed their call for people to exercise caution on the roads with large volumes of traffic expected over the holiday weekend and the weather expected to see a substantial amount of rainfall.

“This bank holiday weekend has already seen four people killed on the roads. Heavy rainfall is being predicted for many parts of the country, so conditions on the roads are likely to be hazardous in some areas,” Varadkar said today.

Two people died in a two-car collision in Cork yesterday while a man and a woman died in separate crashes in Meath and Offaly overnight.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahoney extended sympathies to the families and friend of those of died.

As the Head of the Garda National Traffic Bureau he urged motorists to take into account road conditions this weekend, saying: “Road safety is everybody’s concern and by working together we can make the roads safer for all road users.”

Rainfall of between 25 and 65 millimetres is expected over Leinster and Munster over the next 24 hours with highest totals expected over the midlands.

Varadkar added: “Bank holidays are meant to be a time of fun and relaxation. However, these weekends are generally more dangerous for motorists, and see higher traffic levels.

“I would appeal to motorists everywhere to slow down, never drink and drive, and endeavour that no more lives are lost on the road this weekend.”

Read: How to get around Dublin this bank holiday weekend…

Read: Weatherwatch: patchy outlook for the June bank holiday weekend

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