Two competitors were fatally injured while competing in the Sligo Stages Rally on Sunday afternoon.
The collision occurred at Carrowcushcly in Ballymote, Co.Sligo at around 3pm.
The driver and passenger of the car, both suffered fatal injuries when their vehicle collided with a wall. Their bodies were later removed to Sligo University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place in due course.
A technical examination of the scene was carried out by forensic collision investigators on Sunday evening.
An Garda Síochána is requesting that footage of this collision is not shared across social media or messaging applications. Anyone with video footage is asked to make this available to Gardaí.
Gardaí can be contacted at Sligo Garda Station on 071 915 7000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
Motorsport Ireland issued a statement on Sunday evening:
“Motorsport Ireland extends its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of two competitors who were fatally injured during a tragic accident while competing on the sixth stage of the 2023 Sligo Stages Rally”.
“Motorsport Ireland also extends its sympathies to the members of Connacht Motor Club and everyone involved with organising today’s event who reacted so quickly and professionally to the incident”.
“Motorsport Ireland and its affiliated clubs are recognised internationally for operating to the highest standards of motorsport safety for competitors and spectators in line with the best practice of the FIA”.
“Motorsport Ireland has begun a full investigation with the relevant authorities into the events at today’s event to establish how this accident occurred.”