TWO MEN have been killed after a tragic car accident in Co. Monaghan on Wednesday.
The pair were reportedly killed instantly after their car smashed into the side of the road on the R181 between Castleblayney and Lough Egish at around 2.30pm.
It's understood that both victims were Polish constructions workers, in their 30s and 40s, who had only just flown into Ireland last week.
They had begun their period of self-isolation ahead of starting new jobs for local company Tucker Construction Group.
The company released a statement to confirm the sad news.
"We wish to express our sincere sympathy to the families of two Polish nationals who tragically lost their lives in a single vehicle accident near Castleblayney earlier today," the statement read.
"Having recently arrived in Ireland via a recruitment agency, both men were self-isolating in anticipation of gaining employment with Tucker Construction Group in due course.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased and their families at this terribly sad time.
"May they rest in peace."
A gardai forensics team have closed the road and are investigating the scene.
A spokesperson added that they are appealing for anyone in the area at the time with dash-cam footage to come forward:
"Gardai are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any road users with dash-cam footage who travelled in the area between 2-2.30pm to contact Castleblayney Garda Station on 042 974 0668 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111."