Seven people have been injured, two of them critically, after they were hit by a car in the grounds of a church in Dublin.

It happened at about 10:20 local time at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Clondalkin, where people had been gathering for a funeral.

Two people were taken to St James’s Hospital and were said to be in a critical condition.

The remaining injured were being treated at hospitals in Dublin.

Dublin Fire Brigade said on Twitter: “We have a number of fire and ambulance units at this RTC. It is a developing situation. We are appealing for the public to avoid the area while we get rescue vehicles in and out of the scene”.

A funeral that had been scheduled for 10:00 was deferred until the afternoon.